Dine-in services at restaurants to be halted amid COVID-19 fears

In an effort to curb the spread of COVID-19, the Maldives government has made the decision to close all dine-in services offered by local restaurants and hotels in capital Male'.

Economic Minister Fayyaz Ismail revealed that restaurant food deliveries and take-away services will still be available. The new measures will come into effect at 0000hrs on Sunday and will be applicable to all restaurants, cafe's and hotels in Male', Villimale' and Hulhumale'. The Health Protection Agency (HPA) will be providing more information regarding the new restrictions, said the minister.

13 people have tested positive for COVID-19 in the Maldives thus far. The government has stepped up its efforts to contain the virus in the recent days. In this regard, all arrivals in the archipelago from severely infected regions have been suspended indefinitely. Movement within resorts and islands have also been restricted. While all schools have been closed, government offices have also been closed for a one week period. Congregational prayers and Friday prayers at the mosques have also been halted in the capital. The government has advised against all non-essential travel.