Maldives Begins Easing of Lockdown
The government of Maldives will begin easing lockdown measures starting from 29 May 2020. With more hours and up to three people from each household would be given permission to go out. A number of general businesses such as cafes, restaurants and bakeries are allowed to open for deliveries. The lockdown easing measures are to be carried out in a number of phases as reported by the Ministry of Health of Maldives.
Health Minister Abdulla Ameen told reporters that the current lockdown has had a major effect on slowing the spread of COVID-19 in Maldives. The virus reproduction, the R value, has been cut to 1.4 from 3.8. The lockdown and stay-at-home orders in the capital region were initially ordered on April 15 for a period of two weeks. The lockdown was extended for a further period following the initial announcement.
However, resorts and guesthouses are to remain closed during the first stages of lockdown. Inter island travel is also restricted inside this 1200 island archipelago. With total reported positive cases of just under 1,500 (as of 29 May 2020), Maldives will begin more lockdown easing measures in the coming weeks.