Travel between Male', Hulhumale' restricted under new measures

The Sinamale' Bridge can be crossed to travel between Hulhumale' and Male' only under special circumstances, authorities have said.

The Health Protection Agency (HPA) on Monday strengthened measures imposed on the Greater Male' Area due to the capital's deteriorating COVID-19 situation. In this regard, the 12-hour curfew imposed on Male' City has been extended by four hours to be in effect from 04:00 pm to 08:00 am. The change will come into effect on Wednesday, May 26. Only those who have to fulfill emergency needs will be allowed to go out during the curfew hours.

Arrangements have been changed such that a permit is required to be outside during non-curfew hours. Two permits will be issued per household, and one permit holder will be allowed outside between 8:00 am and 12:00 pm. The second permit holder will be allowed outside from 12:00 pm to 04:00 pm.

The police said travel between Male' and Hulhumale' will not be allowed using the household permits. Separate permits will be issued for those living in Hulhumale' and the bridge will remain closed to the public for a duration of two weeks. However, those who need to urgently take an item or food to a patient admitted at the Hulhumale' Medical Facility will be allowed to do so, said the police.

Those living in Villimale' can travel to Male' for essential needs with their household permits.

The household permits will be issued to specific individuals from each household, and only that person can use the permit issued to the respective household. No other person from the same household may carry the same permit. If any household wishes to change the individual to which the pass has been issued to, the request will be processed within 72 hours.