Covid-19: Private office workers to work from home until further notice

Civil servants pictured in front of Velaanaage building | Photo: Mihaaru

Malé, Maldives – Due to the surge in the number of Covid-19 cases in the Maldives, all office workers are once again have been told to work from home until further notice.

A statement released by the Health Protection Agency has informed all government and private business office workers in the greater Male’ area to work from home instead of going to the offices and to conduct meetings via online platforms until the Covid-19 situation in eases in the country. However, the statement read that workers can go to the offices in emergency cases.

Due to the sudden increasing number of Covid-19 cases, the Health Protection Agency have once again strengthened the safety measures in greater Malé region.

The Economic Ministry announced yesterday that 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 that from today onwards, gyms, exercise classes, saloons and cinemas in greater Malé region to remain closed until further notice from HPA.

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 703 cases yesterday, 526 were from the Malé area, while 167 cases were recorded from inhabited islands. The figures also included 03 cases from industrial islands and 07 cases from operational resorts which brought up the total active cases in the country to 7,607. Currently there are 203 patients receiving hospitalized care for the virus across the country.