COVID-19: Cafe, restaurant measures in Male' extended

Cafes located in the Alimas Carnival area in Male' City. (Sun Photo/Fayaz Moosa)

Health Protection Agency (HPA) has ordered to extend the measures on cafes and restaurants in light of COVID-19 which instructs such establishments to close at 20:00 for dine-in services. 

After 20:00 cafes and restaurants are only permitted to operate takeaway and delivery services up until 22:30. The measures were extended for four days. 

A signed order by the Director-General of Public Health Maimoona Aboobakuru read that the order first issued for cafes and restaurants is to be kept in place until February 24. 

Measures in the capital have been strengthened since the turn of the year due to the increase in COVID-19 cases. These measures in addition to the ban on dine-in services from 20:00, also include a ban on public gatherings and parties, a ban on gatherings of more than five people, and the closure of parks and public spaces.

The Maldives has so far confirmed 22,373 cases of the virus.