Discussions ongoing to resume in-person parliament sittings

Discussions are ongoing regarding resuming in-person parliament sessions.

Parliament sessions were switched online on May 25 due to an alarming surge in COVID-19 infections in the Maldives. However, as the situation in the capital and across Maldives have improved significantly, the government has announced several eases to the restrictions imposed in Male' City.

Speaking at Wednesday's parliament session, Deputy Speaker Eva Abdulla said arrangements are being made such that in-person sessions can be resumed on the parliament floor. Discussions are ongoing with the Health Minister, and any decision will be made based on the ministry's recommendation, Eva said.

Although in-person sittings are resumed, precautionary measures will still be practiced such as wearing masks and social distancing. Eva said they are working on making arrangements such that the minimum number of employees have to physically attend the office.

This is the second time that online parliamentary sessions have been held. Sittings were switched online during the March 2020 lockdown when the country was experiencing the first wave of COVID-19 infections.