HPA bans movement from house to house in Addu City

Aerial view of city square developed in Hithadhoo, Addu City | Photo: Maavaharu

Addu City, Maldives – The Health Protection Agency (HPA) has banned people going from house to house in Addu City.

This will go into effect at midnight today and will be enforced for a week according to HPA statements.

This comes after the Mayor of the City, Abdullah Sodiq (Sobe), said earlier today that there may be a possible community spread in the city, and revealed that a curfew is to be set, during which visiting houses will be banned.

Health Protection Agency (HPA) has announced that curfew will be imposed in Addu City from 20:00 to 04:00 for a week starting from tomorrow.

According to HPA, during curfew times, going out in public and the operation of any vehicles on the road is prohibited.

Further restrictions imposed by HPA also stated that going out in groups of more than 3 is also not allowed under the new guidelines, and that when out, masks are always mandatory in the region.

Apart from this, dine-ins and operations of roadside food stalls, as well as hair saloons has also been suspended, with only delivery allowed for restaurants and cafés. However, he revealed that shops will be open as per the Health Protection Agency (HPA) guidelines during this time.

In addition to this, all schools in the city are to remain closed until further notice. The same goes for hair salons, gyms, sports activates and group exercises. Addu mosques have also been told to cease prayers until contact tracing efforts are completed.

These measures come after 2 separate clusters- the Aviation Cluster in Hithadhoo, and the Hulhumeedhoo at the Maldives Transport and Contracting Company (MTCC) site have resulted in a total of almost 50 cases of Covid-19, with contact tracing efforts identifying more than 250 direct contacts.