Dubai Police issue Dh50,000 fines after yacht party breaks Covid-19 rules

Boat operator's licence suspended for one month

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Dubai Police have issued Dh50,000 fines to the organisers of a yacht party that flouted Covid-19 safety rules.

Several people incurred financial penalties after ignoring social distancing regulations and failing to ensure face masks were worn during the gathering, said Dubai Media Office.

The licence of the yacht operator was suspended for a month.

Officers swooped on the party in tandem with Dubai Tourism.

Police did not disclose when the raid took place or the location of the yacht at the time.

Last week, tourism chiefs said tours or parties on yachts would be restricted to 10 people in response to a recent rise in coronavirus cases.

Previously, vessels were allowed to sail with 50 per cent capacity.

In October, Dubai Police imposed a Dh10,000 fine on an airline pilot who hosted a yacht party that breached Covid-19 safety measures.

The force said as many as 25 people gathered on the vessel, with guests ignoring social distancing rules and failing to wear masks.

Action was taken after video footage of the party was posted on social media by some of those in attendance.

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