Authorities lift 18:00-06:00 ban on vehicular traffic in Male’, reopen parks

People wear masks as they drive along a road in Male' City on March 2, 2021. (Sun Photo/Fayaz Moosa)

Health Protection Agency (HPA) has cancelled the previous order for a 06:00 pm to 06:00 am ban on vehicular traffic in the greater Male’ region as a measure to control the spread of COVID-19.

The order was imposed on February 12, and lifted with a new order signed by Director General of Public Health Maimoona Aboobakr which was issued in the early hours of this Thursday.

The move comes after taxi drivers gathered outside the Parliament on Wednesday, in protest over the depletion of their income due to the ban on vehicular traffic.

Taxi drivers have also presented a formal letter to the Parliament explaining their concerns.

HPA has also cancelled the previous order for the closure of public parks in the greater Male’ region, which was issued on March 4. However, the duration of other measures announced on that day have been extended by another week.

Lonuziyaaraih Park. (Sun Photo/Fayaz Moosa)

The measures that remain in place in Male’ are:

  • 11:00 pm – 04:30 am curfew
  • Ban on public gatherings of more than five people
  • Closure of cinemas, movie theaters
  • Closure of athletics tracks
  • Closure of parks
  • Suspension of face-to-face classes in colleges, universities
  • Ban on group exercise/sports activities