A ban that covers movements between Abu Dhabi’s regions – Abu Dhabi, Al Ain and Al Dhafra – as well as in and out of the emirate has been extended for one week, starting June 9.

Abu Dhabi Emergency, Crisis and Disaster Committee for the COVID-19 Pandemic, in collaboration with Abu Dhabi Police and DoH, have announced that the Abu Dhabi movement ban is to be extended by one week and applies to all Abu Dhabi residents, including UAE nationals.

Exemptions are available by special permit for employees in vital sectors, chronic disease patients visiting hospitals, and the transportation of necessary goods. Movement within each region is allowed in line with National Sterilisation Programme hours.

Etihad Airways advised passengers travelling between emirates to reach the airport to present their booking confirmation or ticket if requested by officials.

The airline added that only passengers booked on one of its “special flights” will be permitted to travel to the airport.

This step aims to enhance the effectiveness of the expanded National Screening Programme, among a series of precautionary and preventative measures being taken to reduce contact, curb the spread of COVID-19, and protect the health and safety of all community members.

Starting June 2 both entering and leaving Abu Dhabi was banned for one week, as the emirate continued to attempt to curb the spread of the coronavirus.

As of June 9, the UAE has had 39,376 confirmed cases of coronavirus and 281 deaths, with figures not broken down by emirate.