Permits issued in previous lockdown are not valid: Police

Police during vehicle ban hours in Malé City | Photo: Police

Malé, Maldives – Maldives Police Service has informed that the permits that were issued during the previous lockdown in Maldives will not be considered as valid permits now.

The statement from Police comes after they noticed that several citizens in the Male’ city were using the permits they had received during the lockdown in 2020 to go out during curfew hours or vehicle ban hours.

This is why, they tweeted to inform that the permits issued during the previous lockdown will not be considered as valid permits now. Police informed that they have reactivated that Police Permit Portal to issue permits for people who need to go out for essential needs during no vehicle hours & curfew times.

According to the Police, the permits will given to those who need to go to work and do airport transfers, as well as cafés and restaurants which do food deliveries would be permitted via the portal.

The current Health Protection Agency (HPA) guidelines mandate that all vehicle operations seize from 18:00 to 06:00 of everyday, with the exception of medical personnel, Police, MNDF and other personnel who are permitted to do so. A curfew has also been set from 23:00 to 04:00 of everyday, during which unauthorized movement on the roads would have action taken against.

The restrictions come at a time when the country faces a third wave of Covid-19, causing numbers to soar. Health Emergency Operation Center (HEOC) Spokesperson Dr. Nazla Rafeeq stated that this is the worst wave of Covid-19 the country has been hit with, and that the situation of the country is at a critical stage.