HPA gives permission to reopen cinema halls

Malé City streets after Covid-19 protective measures were eased. | Photo: Mihaaru.

Malé, Maldives — The Health Protection Agency (HPA) has given permission to reopen the cinema halls and film theaters in Maldives from 25 January 2021 onwards.

HPA released a statement today revealing that they have abolished the restriction to close all cinema halls and film theaters to control the spread of Covid-19 in Maldives. While the restriction was activated on March 16th due to the spread of Covid-19, HPA announced that he restriction will be removed after over 10 months of closure.

However, HPA informed that the cinema halls and film theaters must adhere to the “Rules to operate cinema halls and film theaters during Covid-19” given by the agency.

HPA has been easing a number of protective measures since December 2020. Some of these include of allowing mass gatherings and ceremonies in the country.

Among the measures eased, HPA has informed that sports events and activities can also be held in the country now. Locals will no longer require to quarantine if they can present a negative PCR test that was done at least 96 hours prior to departure. Locals and expatriates are also allowed to visit resorts in the Maldives if they have a negative PCR test for Covid-19.

The agency urged everyone to strictly follow the safety guidelines and instructions to avoid getting infected by the contagious Covid-19 virus.

While the number of daily confirmed Covid-19 cases and active cases were considerably low in late 2020, the cases have been rising rapidly by going over 50 cases in a day. The active cases in Maldives have also surpassed thousand after months, taking a turn in the 94% recovery rate the country has been holding.