Night market won't be held until COVID-19 cases decrease: Mayor

The night market will be held in Male' City when the number of COVID-19 cases in the city has decreased, Male' Mayor Dr. Mohamed Muizzu has said.

Muizzu made the statement via a tweet amid criticism of the City Council's decision to hold a night market in the city.

In an earlier announcement, the City Council asked those interested in planning and running the night market to submit proposals before 2:00 pm on the 20th of this month. However, the announcement was met with criticism, with many expressing concern due to the rising number of COVID-19 cases in the city.

In response to the criticism, Muizzu tweeted that the night market would be held only when the number of cases decreased.

"The City Council will not hold a night market in the city when diseases like COVID-19, dengue, and colds are on the rise," Muizzu said.

A night market previously organized by the City Council was stopped for violating HPA guidelines.