Curfew to be imposed in all islands under monitoring mechanisms

Director General of Public Health, Maimoona Aboobakuru at a National Emergency Operations Center press briefing. (Sun Photo/Fayaz Moosa)

Authorities in the Maldives have decided to impose a curfew in every island under monitoring mechanisms in the Maldives due to COVID-19. 

An order signed by the Director-General of Public Health Maimoona Aboobakuru read that all islands brought under monitoring mechanisms are to impose stricter new measures in order to control the spread of COVID-19. 

The measures include the curfew to be imposed from 21:00 to 4:00. However, based on the spread of the virus in the island, the curfew time could be changed. 

The order also requires members of the public to not go outdoors unless necessary and to stop visiting other households on the islands. Public gatherings of more than three people are banned in islands under monitoring mechanisms and services such as salons, gyms are to be closed while sports activities are also to be stopped. 

Security services enforce a curfew order in Male' City. (Sun Photo/Fayaz Moosa)

Cafes and restaurants are also to sop dine-in services and only provide delivery and takeaway services. 

There are around 72 islands under monitoring mechanisms currently. Measures are also been strengthened in Male' City starting from tomorrow. The curfew in Male' City has been increased from 16:00 to 8:00, and a police permit is required to go outdoors even during non-curfew hours.