COVID-19: Kulhudhuffushi City lifts curfew

Kulhudhuffushi City has lifted the curfew imposed on the city. The decision was made upon the government's instruction to allow congregational prayers in the islands that do not have infected cases of COVID-19.

Kulhudhuffushi imposed a curfew on the initiative of the city council on April 20. Initially, a lockdown was imposed for 24 hours. The lockdown was relieved to a curfew once the suspected cases of the virus were identified, and after their results came back negative. The curfew was imposed on evenings, and at night until the end of Ramadan. However, as per the announcement issued by the city’s council office, the curfew has been lifted now, based on the instruction of the government.

Thus, on Friday, congregational prayers will be resumed in Kulhudhuffushi as well. Even though, mosques are opened for congregational prayers and curfew is lifted, the island’s task-force has decided to restrict other social gatherings.

The city is a highly populated island of the Maldives, and other than the capital Male, Kulhudhufushi is the first island that imposed a curfew in the Maldives due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Dozens of people from nearby atolls and islands travel to the island's hospital for treatment. Thus, when an infected case was detected in the nearby Shaviyani Atoll, and an infected case was detected in a boat that travels to the island, the task-force of the city imposed a curfew as a precautionary measure.