The first phase of lockdown ease has been implemented in the Maldives. During a press conference held in National Emergency Operation Centre (NEOC), Health Minister Abdulla Ameen has stated that the first phase will last for two weeks with limitations.

Dr. Nazla highlighted that the purpose of the permit is to control the number of people being active outside while giving ease to the citizens. She said that without the control restriction it might be difficult to achieve the objective of the lockdown ease. She also advised the public not to visit family and friends by taking advantage of the permit but only to use it when necessary.

The phase 1 ease includes;

  • Allows re-opening of government offices for essentials services and are closed to the general public
  • Allows private offices to open for essential needs with a special permit from the economic ministry
  • Allows opening of business including retail shops, bookshops, hardware shops, supermarkets, pharmacies, and childcare shops
  • Allows a maximum of 3 personals (adults) from the same household to go out 2 times a week with a police permit
  • Allows 60 years above personals to go out in between 5 am to 8 am with a police permit
  • Allows banks to provide essential services for three days a week
  • Allows restaurants and cafes to provide delivery and takeaway services only
  • Ban of traveling between islands
  • College & Universities to resume online classes

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