JUST IN: Wearing masks made mandatory in Addu!

Nurses working at Addu Equatorial Hospital holding up awareness messages | Photo: AEH

Addu City, Maldives – With the arrival of the first tourist to reside in a guesthouse in Addu City, wearing masks have been made mandatory as per the regulations of Health Protection Agency (HPA).

Health Emergency Operation Center (HEOC) confirmed the news to ‘The Times of Addu’ today, and revealed that this measure would apply to those living in Hulhudhoo and Meedhoo as well. Anyone leaving Addu would also be required to be quarantined as of today.

Speaking at a press conference held by the Health Emergency Operations Centre (HEOC) on 12th October, Spokesperson of HEOC and Medical Officer at HPA, Dr.Nazla Rafeeq stated that authorities will mandate residents, as well as tourists, of any island with operational guesthouses to wear masks.

The regulation applies to the entire Addu City as the districts of Addu are connected by land except for Hulhudhoo and Meedhoo. However as the residents of these two districts frequent between Hulhudhoo Meedhoo and the mainland for medical and other necessary purposes, the entire city would be required to wear masks, HEOC revealed.

Currently, there is only one operational guesthouse in Addu City, with only one tourist in the facility. However, there are two tourists in Addu City in total, including the tourist which is residing in Gan.