Restrictive measures to remain in place for another week

President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih had announced that the current restrictive measures in place to curb the spread of Covid-19 would be extended for another week.

Speaking to reporters at a press conference broadcast live on Tuesday afternoon from the President's Office, President Solih noted that the preventative measures enforced on May 26 had visibly helped bring down case numbers, but the nation had not yet reached a new normal. He stated that the restrictive measures currently in place will be extended for an additional week to ensure that COVID-19 cases continue to abate. At the end of this extension, the measures and results would be reviewed to determine whether or not to ease the restrictive measures or extend further, said the president.

As per the current measures in place, a curfew is in effect from 4:00 pm until 08:00 am every day. A special permit is required to go outside during non-curfew hours. Only two permits are issued per household.

The Health Protection Agency (HPA) has also tightened the policy for traveling outside of Male' such that it is only allowed for essential purposes. This includes healthcare, allowing those living in islands who are visiting Male' to return home, those who lost their jobs or livelihood and wish to return to their hometown, those who have no choice but to return home due to living arrangements, and students who graduate and wish to return home.