Dubai Sports Council Close More Sporting Venues

Three facilities have been closed down and six others issued monetary fines after Dubai Sports Council and Dubai Economy intensified COVID-19 checks. In addition, 35 other sporting venues or academies were issued a warning.

The DSC and Dubai Economy teams visited 124 sports facilities and five sports events for inspection between September 15 and 19 to ensure they complied with all safety protocols.

Three of the reprimanded facilities – a rented playground, a swimming pool at a sports club and a sports academy – have been shut down until they comply with all COVID-19 precautionary measures and safety guidelines, while six other facilities have been issued monetary fines.

The closures and fines have been imposed for a range of violations, including crowding and failure to maintain safe distancing; gatherings in waiting areas, which are barred under COVID-19 protocols; non-compliance with the face mask rule; and failure to check temperature of all visitors and staff.

The DSC has urged all clubs, academies, and sports and training centres in Dubai to comply with the protocols and safety guidelines, and stressed that inspection visits by DSC and Dubai Economy teams will be further intensified in the coming period to ensure full compliance with all COVID-19 safety protocols.