Covid-19 lockdown ease plan

Gov't to allow travel between covid-free islands from June 15

  • There will be no restriction of travel between covid-free islands
  • Travel to and from islands with Covid-19 cases will be prohibited
  • The domestic airport will be opened

K. Male' 2020 Jun 12 | Fri 15:59 local 1,888

Individuals departing from the capital via boat - RaajjeMV

The government is to allow travel between islands free of the Covid-19 pandemic from June 15.

Joining the press briefing held at the National Emergency Operations Center (NEOC) on Thursday night, the Assistant Director at the Ministry of Health, Aminath Shaina Abdulla provided the latest updates of the lockdown ease plan.

As such, she revealed that there will be no restriction of travel between covid-free islands from Monday onwards.

Other measures under the ease plan include prohibiting travel to and from islands with Covid-19 cases and opening the domestic airport, said the health ministry representative.

The Health Protection Agency (HPA) ordered the suspension of non-essential travel between all inhabited islands due to the global pandemic, on April 17.

However, as covid cases are now being reported from Malé, there will be restrictions in and out of the city and travel will only be allowed after the process under the current guidelines, is completed such as filling out forms”

~ Aminath Shaina Abdulla, Assistant Director at the Ministry of Health

Shaina added that the current protocols will be followed for travel to and from the capital city, as the cases surfacing in Malé are yet to be controlled.

HPA had revealed that island residents who wish to return from the capital city after the lockdown must quarantine themselves at home after returning to their respective islands, for a period of 24 days.

Last updated at: 1 month ago | Reviewed by: Aman Haleem

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