Due to the widespread of COVID-19 in GDh. Thinadhoo, authorities have decided to impose a 24-hour curfew on the island in addition to suspending the existing household permits.
The decision was made as existing restrictive measures taken to curb the spread of COVID-19 on the island by the Secretariat of Thinadhoo Council during the end of last month – the issuance of household permits for one person per house to be allowed outside once a week for one hour for necessities – has not aided in decreasing the number of cases.
In a statement released by the Council last night, they declared the situation at the island as a community spread henceforth the Council announced a 24-hour curfew for the next seven days.
Thus, amendments have been brought to the measures announced last June following the meeting of Thinadhoo Emergency Operation Center and household permits are canceled for one week.
The amendments brought are as below:
- The allocated time for exercising to be revoked
- A minimum number of employees to be allowed to attend government offices to ensure essential services continue uninterrupted
- Private cars will not be allowed to operate
- Taxis shall not be allowed to provide services to persons who do not possess a police-issued time-bound permit. Any taxi which renders their services to such a person will have their permits suspended for a week’s time
- Shops to be opened from 08:00 to 21:00 hours only for delivery services. Allowing customers inside a shop will result in the suspension of business permits by one week. Using delivery permits outside the allocated delivery hours will result in the cancelation of the delivery permit.
- Cafes and restaurants to be open from 8:00 to 22:00 hours only for delivery services. Allowing customers inside a cafe or a restaurant will result in the suspension of business permits by one week. Using delivery permits outside the allocated delivery hours will result in the cancelation of the delivery permit
- Fishing boats practicing tuna fisheries will be able to leave the island to fish – however, will not be allowed back on the island upon their return and must remain on the vessel. Other types of fishing will not be permitted.
- Suspension of all types work that is not permitted by the government by a week’s time
In concluding their statement, the Council urged inhabitants of Thinadhoo to adhere to the restrictions put in place by the Council and HPA in order to control the community spread.