COVID-19 restrictions partially eased in Addu City

Hithadhoo, Addu City. (Sun Photo/Fayaz Moosa)

Some of the restrictions imposed to curb the spread of COVID-19 have been eased in Addu City, including lifting the curfew from all districts expect for Hithadhoo.

Addu City Council has announced that though the curfew has been lifted, some of the other restrictions will remain in place in Maradhoo, Maradhoo-Feydhoo, and Feydhoo.

While communal prayers remain banned, mosques have been reopened for individual worshippers.

Going out except to access essential services, parties, functions, house visits, public gatherings of more than three people, and sports activities remain banned.


  • Opening hours of gyms, salons and barber’s shops with permits will be limited to 08:00-16:00 hours.
  • Opening hours of shops will be limited to 06:00-18:00 hours, and delivery services can be provided until 22:00 hours.
  • Teashops, cafes and restaurants can only provide delivery services.
  • Ban on face-to-face classes at universities and colleges.

Some of the restrictions in Hithadhoo have also been eased. This includes allowing residents to go out to access essential services during non-curfew hours (04:00-16:00 hours) without a permit.

The council has announced that teashops, cafes and restaurants in Hithadhoo will be allowed to provide delivery services until 22:00 hours.

Shops are allowed to open for walk-in customers until 16:00 hours.

However, mosques remain closed.

The restrictions in Addu were introduced following a sharp rise in COVID-19 cases in the southern city. The numbers have since begun to come down.

According to the latest updates released by Addu Equatorial Hospital, Addu recorded just one new case last Friday.

Addu has 451 confirmed cases. 317 have since recovered, and the active cases stand at 132. One of the patients is hospitalized.

128 of the active cases are in Hithadhoo, while the remaining four cases are in Maradhoo. No other districts have active cases.