Masks made mandatory in the Maldives

Locals wearing face masks in Male' city. | Photo: Mihaaru

Male’, Maldives — The Health Protection Agency (HPA) has made wearing masks mandatory for all the citizens and expats living in the Maldives.

HPA has informed that starting from February 07 on wards, all citizens in Maldives will be mandated to wear masks until further notice outside the home.

The masks must cover nose, mouth and jawline.


Children under the age of 2, individuals exercising, and people who cannot wear a mask without assistance are exempt from this rule. 

Along with this HPA has announced several other restrictions as well due to the surge in the number of Covid-19 cases. These include of a curfew from 8:30PM in the capital Male’ city, along with a restriction going outside from 11PM to 4:30AM, for 14 days.

In addition to this, all preschools have been ordered to close immediately with universities having to conduct online classes for the upcoming two weeks. Along with this, all sports activities in the Male’ area has also been prohibited until further notice.