Sinamalé bridge to be closed during curfew hours

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An aeriel view of the China-Maldives Friendship Bridge linking the Maldivian capital of Male with neighboring island Hulhule on Friday. | Photo: Xinhua

Male’, Maldives —The Chief Superintendent of Police, Abdullah Shareef has announced that the Sinamalé bridge will be closed during curfew hours.

While noting that the Sinamalé bridge will be closed as soon as the curfew begins at 21:00, Shareef stated that the last bus ride will be at exactly 21:00 and so, advised the offices to let the employees complete their work by 21:00.

While speaking at the news conference held by the Health Protection Agency (HPA) last night, Chief Superintendent of Police, Abdullah Shareef stated that all the passes issued on February 13, excluding the delivery passes have been dismissed. He said that the delivery passes for cafe and restaurants can be used until 03:00.

In case of shops, Shareef stated that once the respective shops request for a delivery pass and it gets approved, they can carry out delivery services until midnight. This also includes of businesses who will be delivering trees and water to houses.

While a certain amount of passes will also be given to taxi centers, Shareef stated that it is the responsibility of the taxi to make sure that the person entering the taxi has permission from the portal to be outdoors at curfew hours.

Shareef stated that the as soon as the curfew ends, the roads get busier and groups of people start to gather at one place although it is restricted to. Along with this, Shareef noted that kids are also seen outside of their house during these risky times and advised the parents to not bring kids to places that are likely to get crowded for their safety.

Further pointing out more rules that the citizens have been breaking, Shareef advised both foreigners and locals to adhere to the given rules while at crowded places such as at the market. Shareef said that they have noticed individuals not following both the mandatory mask rule and the social distancing rule.

Shareef stated that to make sure that the citizens pay attention to the guidelines provided by the HPA, they have recruited multiple Police Officers in the greater Male’ area and requested the cooperation of the citizens in the services that Police is providing to protect the city against the spread of Covid-19.