Malé, Maldives – Health Protection Agency (HPA) has released a statement extending the restrictive measures in place in the greater Malé as a precaution against the Covid-19 pandemic by a week.
HPA exercised the right afforded to the Director General of Public Health under emergency health crisis to extend the precautionary measures one week from 18 March 2021. The measures were initially set in place on 4 March 2021.
The measures include the curfew in the greater Malé area from 23:00 to 4:30. A ban on driving vehicles is in place from 18:00 to 06:00. In addition to this, gatherings of more than ten people are also prohibited in the capital.
Additionally, eateries open in in the area including hotels, restaurants, canteens and cafes are to be open for dine-in customers from 06:00 to 20:00, with only delivery and take-away services available from 20:00 to 10:30.
Vehicles are to be only operated from 06:00 to 18:00.
Other measures in place include, closing of cinemas, running tracks, parks and open areas. Universities and colleges must stop all physical classes and no group exercises in public areas, with an exceptional allowance for individual exercise.
Temporarily limited activities include, allowing gyms to open with regulations made for individual exercise, closing down pre-schools, nursery schools and day cares.
Individuals traveling for necessary purposes from Male’ City to other islands of the nation are required to present a negative PCR test of 72-hours.
The statistics released by HPA show that 112 positive cases were recorded from the Malé area yesterday, while the total active cases in the country is at 2,371.