Maldives Monetary Authority (MMA) announced on Thursday that banking services will be available on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday of next week.
According to MMA, the services will be available from 0930hrs to 1230hrs while MMA will accept and issue coins from 0930hrs to 1100hrs.
Two weeks have passed since all government institutions were closed as a precautionary measure amidst the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The state has extended this shutdown for the upcoming week as well.
Initially, banking services were only made available for two days of the week.
To contain the spread of the novel coronavirus within the community, the state has now imposed a daily three-hour curfew in the Greater Male' area and prohibited being in public in groups of more than three people.
These measures are declared under the rights afforded to the Health Protection Agency under the state of Public Health Emergency that was announced on March 12.
Presently, Maldives records 19 confirmed and six active cases of COVID-19, with a total of 13 recoveries. While there are two confirmed cases of Maldivians, no local to local transmissions have been recorded.
The World Health Organization has classified the spread of COVID-19 as a global pandemic. The novel coronavirus has infected over 938,348 people and claimed over 47,286 lives around the world. However, out of those infected, more than 195,371 people have recovered.