Malé removed from curfew!

Group of people at a harbour in Male' City | Photo: Sun

Malé, Maldives – Health Protection Agency (HPA) has removed the curfew imposed on the capital city of Maldives, Malé effective today.

According to the notice released by the Director General of Public Health, Maimoona Abu Bakr, some measures will be eased from greater Malé area effective today.

The measures eased include,

  1. Removal of curfew imposed from 23:00 to 04:30.
  2. Opening preschools and nursery schools in accordance with guidelines by Ministry of Education.
  3. Opening of day cares, gyms, physical classes in universities/colleges, cinemas in accordance to Health Protection Agency (HPA) guidelines.
  4. Opening of dine-in eateries under guidelines by respective departments.
  5. Opening running tracks.

However, there are still measures in place to be followed.

They are,

  • Public gatherings of more than 5 people.
  • All group exercises, excluding individual exercises.
  • Parties, events and gatherings.
  • Individuals travelling from Malé to islands will observe quarantine.
  • Travellers from abroad, except tourists, will observe a 10 day quarantine.
  • 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.

Restrictive measures were initially set in place on 4 March 2021 to control the rise of Covid-19 cases in the capital city.

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.

Measures have been gradually eased, with the removal of the vehicle ban last month and now the curfew imposed on Malé has been removed completely.

HPA advises the public to follow the updated measures.