Addu City's curfew extended by another week

Addu City Mayor Ali Nizar (C) chairs over a council meeting. (Photo/Addu City Council)

Local authorities have made the decision to extend the curfew imposed in Hithadhoo, Maradhoo, Maradhoo-Feydhoo and Feydhoo districts of Addu City in response to a COVID-19 outbreak. 

Addu City Council made the decision to impose a curflew in the districts of Addu linked via a causeway after the city was placed under monitoring by Health Protection Agency (HPA) on August 28. Following the decision by HPA to extend the period by a week, the council decided to keep the curfew in place for another week as well. 

As such, a curfew will be in effect in Hithadhoo, Maradhoo, Maradhoo-Feydhoo and Feydhoo from 21:00-04:00 hours for seven days, starting this Sunday. Permission to go out for essential needs during curfew hours must be sought with the Addu Emergency Operations Center. 

Additional restrictions include a ban on public gatherings and parties, closure of school except for ninth graders and above. 

Meanwhile, cafes and restaurants are required to close at 21:00 hours. However, such establishments can continue delivery services until 00:00 hours with permission from Addu EOC. 

Shops, meanwhile, can remain open until 21:00 hours and provide delivery services until 22:00 hours. 

Travel out of districts placed under monitoring requires special permission from Addu EOC. Travelers are also required to present proof of a negative PCR test. 

Addu has recorded 1,134 confirmed COVID-19 cases, including six new cases last Saturday. The city currently has 308 active cases. Five of them are hospitalized. 

The city has recorded three COVID-19 fatalities.