Health Protection Agency has announced a 12 hour curfew in eight islands in Maldives that are hit with the worst COVID-19 surge.
This curfew was announced for Faafu Feeali and Nilandhoo, Alifu Dhaalu Maamigili, Gaafu Alifu Dhaandhoo, Gaafu Dhaalu Thinadhoo and Laamu Gan in addition to Fuvahmulah and Addu.
In an announcement released by Director General of Public Health, Maimoona Aboobakuru on Tuesday had said that there would be a curfew in the aforementioned eight islands from 1600hrs to 0400hrs.
The curfew will start to be in effect on Wednesday.
During this time it is not allowed to leave your house or go to public gatherings. However shops can provide delivery services with a police permit.
Only the police, the army and health workers are allowed to be out during the curfew hours. Their vehicles and ambulances can be used as well. People that are a part of the COVID task force and have the pass and people requiring emergency medical care are also included in the people that can be out during curfew hours.
Furthermore islands under monitoring due to active community spread also has a curfew from 2100hrs to 0400hrs, according to HPA.
The agency said that these changes will be in effect until told otherwise.
To stop the spread of COVID-19, Greater Male' Area has been put under stricter curfews and stronger restrictions as well. From Wednesday onwards for two weeks, the curfew in Greater Male' Area will be from 1600hrs to 0800hrs.