Some restrictions in Addu City partially lifted

Some restrictions implemented in southernmost Addu City due to COVID-19 have been eased.

Addu City was placed under the Health Protection Agency (HPA)'s monitoring status on May 1. The situation in the city has now improved, with new positive cases being recorded only in Hithadhoo island. The number of cases being reported from Hithadhoo has also declined. Addu City's Mayor Ali Nizar said only one case was reported from Hithadhoo on Friday. Four cases were reported the previous day.

Eases have been granted in all islands except Hithadhoo. In this regard, residents can now be out and about and the vehicle ban has been lifted in Maradhoo, Maradhoo-Feydhoo, and Feydhoo. Individual worship is also allowed in local mosques, and gyms and hairdressers can offer services between 8:00 am to 04:00 pm. Hotels and cafes' can provide delivery services from 08:00 are to 10:00 pm. However, events and parties are still banned, and no more than three people can meet in public at the same time. Colleges and universities are not allowed to conduct physical classes.

Some eases have been granted in Hithadhoo as well. A household permit is no longer required to be out during non-curfew hours. However, the curfew will still remain in place between 04:00 pm to 04:00 am.

451 COVID-19 cases have been identified in Addu atoll thus far.