More than 700 beachgoers have been fined since March for flouting COVID-19 regulations in Dubai, according to Dubai Police.
Beach security patrols have issued 721 fines to beachgoers who were not adhering to COVID-19 safety rules. The fines were issued from March until September 20.
In a statement, Colonel Saeed Al Madhani, Director of Ports Police Station at Dubai Police, said: “We won’t tolerate anyone defying the precautionary measures on Dubai beaches. We used drones to zone in on residents breaking safety protocols, as well as bicycles, boats and other means of patrolling.”
Colonel Al Madhani added that the drones used by the police can scan the area during the day and night, and can also broadcast a voice message to beachgoers to follow safety measures.
Beaches and parks reopened on 30 May in Dubai following the easing of coronavirus-related restrictions across the emirate.
A number of safety rules such as wearing face masks and maintaining physical distance are to be followed by beachgoers in Dubai. Groups of more than five people are also not allowed, except members of the same family.
Those who breach any of the safety measures will be fined Dhs 3,000.