Employees and workers of safaris in the Maldives have held protests due to the restrictions placed by the government on their movements during the current situation with the Covid-19 virus in the Maldives.
The safari workers held protests in dinghies near the harbor area of Hulhumale’ yesterday. The government has instructed the workers to remain on board the safaris for a 14-day period after the last guests depart. The measure was introduced as part of the government's announced public health emergency.
Police stated that such protests under the Freedom of Peaceful Assembly Act could not be held in the current situation and that the authorities would not allow such protests to be conducted.
“The police service requests everyone to conduct themselves within the law for the safety of everyone.” said the Police media official.
The Maldives has confirmed 18 cases of the Covid-19. 13 of these individuals have made full recoveries. The 13 individuals that recovered are all foreigners from resorts and safaris in the country. Currently, only three locals remain positive and under treatment for the virus in the Maldives.
The three locals had all returned from the United Kingdom before being tested positive for the virus. Two tourists later tested positive for the virus also departed from the country after completing their quarantine periods. Their test results were received after they had already departed from the country.