Government policies guidelines to reopen on August 8

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

The government on Thursday announced that institutions will officially reopen from Sunday, August 8, onwards, after being closed to curb the spread of COVID-19 in Maldives.

As per the President’s Office, this was the 23rd directive issued by the office for this year and that it refers to the Health Protection Agency’s (HPA) announcement (No: 68/2021), issued on August 5, permitting employees to return to work at their office premises from August 8, 2021.

The directive stated that all employees must abide by the guidelines in the 19th directive when returning to work at their respective offices.

Moreover, offices are urged to ensure work is completed within work hours and to avoid staying in the office past official hours unless employees are working in shift duties. To limit physical interactions, authorities were also asked to identify services that can be provided online and to implement and regularise those.

In addition to this, government offices are advised not to undertake any unnecessary expenses as well as implement cost-cutting measures as the country’s economy took a hard hit due to the ongoing pandemic.

Offices are also mandated to implement good hygiene practices and to ensure social distancing as per the measures outlined in the relevant Civil Service Commission Circular, developed in consultation with the HPA