Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 27 October 2020

CORONAVIRUS

Six sports centres and 22 businesses fined in Dubai for flouting Covid-19 safety rules

Authorities have asked gyms and sports academies to update the records of their members as such information may be vital if contact tracing becomes necessary

Six sports centres were fined in Dubai at the weekend for flouting Covid-19 safety rules.

The establishments were penalised for not following the guidelines on wearing face masks and practising social distancing.

Ten other places were issued with warnings and asked to stick to the guidelines.

Inspectors from Dubai Sports Council and Dubai Economy carried out the checks of several sports centres.

The authorities did not name the facilities that were fined but urged all sports clubs, academies and training centres in the emirate to follow the safety measures.

They said inspection visits by DSC and Dubai Economy teams will be intensified in the coming days to ensure full compliance with Covid-19 protocols.

All sports establishments were given a list of guidelines to follow when they reopened on May 28.

This is for the safety of staff and visitors, DSC said.

The centres are expected to maintain high levels of hygiene and disinfect equipment and premises regularly.

They should also ensure that a safe distance of two metres is kept between gym users and personal trainers.

Staff have also been instructed to wear masks, check the temperature of each visitor, provide sanitiser and display clear signage about the rules.

They must also update the records of their members, including their names, telephone numbers and visit dates, for use if contact tracing becomes necessary.

Authorities fined 22 other businesses on Saturday for breaching Covid-19 guidelines.

In its latest round of inspections, the Department of Economic Development warned two other entities to take the precautionary measures seriously, while 649 businesses were found to be complying with them.

Efforts are being stepped up across the country to clamp down on those who ignore the rules.

The department has called on the public “to co-operate and contribute to keeping the emirate’s economy moving forward in spite of the pandemic threat”.

“Stern action will be taken against any non-compliance found during the inspections or that may be reported by consumers and the public,” it said.

The public can report breaches of Covid-19 regulations by uploading a photograph of the premises using the Dubai Consumer app, by calling 600 545 555 or by visiting consumerrights.ae.

Updated: September 29, 2020 11:21 AM

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