The UAE government has ordered the public to stay at home unless it's absolutely necessary to get essential supplies, such as food and medicine, or perform essential jobs.
The Ministry of Interior and the National Emergency and Crisis and Disasters Management Authority urged UAE citizens, residents, visitors and all those living in the country to comply with the instructions and guidelines issued by the authorities.
The public is urged to limit social contacts and to avoid crowded places to ensure everyone's safety and wellbeing.
People should also use their own family cars with a maximum of three individuals per vehicle. They are also advised not to visit public places and maintain social distancing guidelines during family gatherings.
The authorities also urged everyone not to visit hospitals except for critical or emergency cases and to use face masks.
Additional instructions will be issued later involving the use of public transport, taxis and other means of transportation.
The UAE law on communicable diseases, which includes fines and jail terms, will be enforced against all violators.