HPA bans food services at gatherings and ceremonies

Rapid Response Team (RRT) operating in Male' City to conduct COVID-19 tests. | Photo: Fayaz Moosa

Male’, Maldives – Health Protection Agency (HPA) has established guidelines for organizing meetings and ceremonies and will allow these to be conducted starting tomorrow, though without any refreshments.

Guidelines publicized yesterday by HPA reveal that organizers of such events if kept indoors must keep doors of the venue open during opening and ending times, and that doors must be opened frequently to allow air circulation.

HPA also advises that under no circumstances must attendees shake hands, and that food cannot be provided at such events.

The guidelines state that individuals with Covid-19 symptoms must not attend these events and that organizers must ensure workers at the event wear masks covering their mouth and nose.

Furthermore, they must establish appropriate procedures to dispose of any waste produced at these events, and that too many people should not be allowed in the venue at once.

They also advise to keep events as short as possible, and that if photos are to be taken, masks are mandatory.

Currently, ceremonies and events can be held outside the greater Male’ region with permission from HPA or Maldives Police Service. If these events are to be held in islands with guesthouses or resorts, permission is given by ward councils. However, permission is only given after considering the current travel rules set in place for that island.