Greater Male' Area curfew to be fully lifted on Thursday

The curfew imposed on the Greater Male' Area will be lifted on Thursday, the government has announced.

A curfew was imposed in the Greater Male' Area on May 12 following an alarming surge in COVID-19 infections. While the curfew is now in effect from 8:00 pm until 04:00 am, a special permit is required to be outside during curfew hours. Heavy fines are imposed on those who violate curfew rules.

However, the curfew will be fully lifted starting Thursday, Spokesperson of the President's Office, Mabrook Azeez announced during a press conference held Wednesday. Therefore, a permit will no longer be required to be outside during any time of the day. Cafes and restaurants can offer dine-in services until 11:30 pm while shops can remain open until 10:00 pm. Cinemas will also be allowed to reopen with special guidelines in place.

The government has lifted the curfew on Male' City as the COVID-19 situation in the capital has improved significantly over the past few weeks. Several other restrictions have also been eased, including allowing vaccinated individuals to travel without being subjected to quarantine.