Vehicular traffic banned from 8 pm to 5 am in Male’

Vehicles on a road of Malé. | Photo: Sun

Male’, Maldives – The government of Maldives has announced that movement of vehicles from 8pm to 5 am will be banned in Male’ region in an attempt to reduce the number of new Covid-19 infections in the region.

Speaking at the press conference held on Saturday night by the Health Emergency Operation Center (HEOC), spokesperson Dr. Nazla Rafeeq revealed the decision of the government which is to take effect from Sunday onwards.

Dr. Nazla explained that the step is towards reducing the number of people on the streets, which the team hopes would curb the number of cases being discovered everyday.

Explaining the implementation of the ban, Chief Inspector of Police Abdullah Shareef said that the operator of any vehicle found in violation of the new regulations would be advised against it, should it be a first time offense. However, repeated offenders would be fined and the vehicle may be towed as well.

Towed vehicle will only be released upon the payment of the fine which would be imposed due to the violation of the ban, which is currently set at MVR 1,000.

Along with this, the existing curfew from 10 pm to 5 am will still be in effect as well as the regulation making the use of masks mandatory.