The lockdown hours across the UAE have changed it has been confirmed.

Throughout Ramadan a nightly curfew has been in place from 10pm until 6am, but this has now changed by two hours.

The UAE government announced via its official Twitter account that lockdown hours will now be in operation between 8pm to 6am. This will be implemented from Wednesday, May 20 until further notice.

It should be noted that while Eid is expected to start on May 22 or May 23, depending on the moon-sighting, the restriction will apply throughout the Eid period.

For anyone who violates curfew, they could face fines of up to Dhs3,000. In addition, anyone not adhering to social distancing or not wearing a mask in public will be fined Dhs3,000.

Prior to the 10pm to 6am curfew that has been in place throughout Holy Month, Dubai was on a 24-hour lockdown in order for the national sterilisation programme to take place.

During these hours movement permits are required, just as they were in place during the 24-hour lockdown.

Under the movement permit scheme, residents could only leave the house for essential reasons which included grocery shopping and doctors appointments.

It should be noted that during curfew hours, that was clarified by Dubai Police last week, permits between curfew hours will only be granted for emergencies.

“Please note that all permits will be automatically rejected except for medical emergency permits,” their clarification read.

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