Safety measures strengthened in Malé; eateries, shops restricted

Malé City roads during lockdown period | Photo: Raajje Mv

Malé, Maldives – The safety measures implemented by Health Protection Agency in greater Malé region have been further strengthened with the increasing number of Covid-19 cases in Maldives.

The Economic Ministry announced that as of today, shops are allowed to stay open from 0900 am to 2100 pm till the 12th of this month in light of the increasing number of Covid-19 cases. During this period, shops are allowed to provide delivery services from 2100 pm to 0000 an under special permission from the police.

In addition to this, cafés, restaurants and canteens are to offer dine in services from 1730 pm to 2100 pm till the 12 of this month. They can however, offer delivery services till 0300 am in the morning under. Delivery services have to be permitted by the police. HPA advices shops, restaurants and other such places to be vary of the protective guidelines set by HPA when giving out their services to minimize the spread of the disease as much as possible.

Furthermore, Director General of Public Health Maimoona Aboobakuru has announced for gyms, exercise classes, saloons and cinemas in greater Malé region to remain closed until further instructions from HPA. This is to be effective from tomorrow, May 7 onwards.

HPA has also instructed for closure of running tracks, parks and other such public places and also has restricted travel from one island to another unless for necessary purposes.

While Maldives recorded 734 cases yesterday, 540 were from the Malé area, while 186 cases were recorded from inhabited islands. The figures also included 01 cases from industrial islands which brought up the total active cases in the country to 7,109. Currently there are 198 patients receiving hospitalized care for the virus across the country.

With this, the total number of Covid-19 cases recorded in the country has reached 32,665 out of which 25,473 patients have made full recoveries, as of 18:00 of May 5, 2021.