Travel-related quarantine extended to 14 days

The Health Protection Agency (HPA) has extended the mandatory quarantine period imposed on travelers to 14 days.

A directive issued by the Director General of Public Health Maimoona Aboobakuru said travel related quarantine has been extended from 10 days to 14 days until further notice.

Authorities are tightening measures to curb the spread of the virus in Male' amid a dramatic spike in positive cases. In this regard, a curfew has been announced in the Greater Male' Area from 9 pm until 4 am, as well as in Addu City and Fuvahmulah City. The public will not be allowed to be out and abut this during this time. However, the police will continue to issue permits for delivery services and other essential needs.

Some other measures taken by authorities include the closure of parks, open spaces, sports grounds, running and swimming tracks. Sports activities and competitions have been stopped, and travel to inhabited and industrial islands have been restricted for purposes other than essential needs. People traveling from Male' to inhabited islands are now required to observe quarantine for ten days despite having received full doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. All government offices are also closed and will be providing services online. Private offices have also been instructed to refrain from bringing in staff to office premises and to provide services online.