The household permit has been issued to more than 26,000 people until 8 p.m. on Wednesday, according to Maldives Police Service.
Household permits were required as part of the Health Emergency Operation Centre’s (HEOC) tougher movement restrictions, which went into effect on Wednesday. Under the new guidelines, two individuals from each household will be granted a police permit to obtain necessities and for non-medical emergencies. In addition, a police permit will be necessary to go outside during non-curfew hours.
During a press conference on Wednesday, Chief Superintendent of Police Abdulla Shareef stated that their servers experienced difficulties yesterday due to a large number of requests for the permit. He also stated that there are now over 6,900 applications that have not been approved.
According to Abdulla Shareef, several application forms included the water meter number rather than the electrical meter number, which caused some delays.
The Health Emergency Operation Center (HEOC) had announced a series of stricter restrictions to curb the spread of COVID-19 in the Maldives.
The new restrictions which went into effect starting 26th May include an extension of curfew time from 4 p.m. to 8 a.m.
Two individuals from each household will be granted a police permit to obtain necessities and for non-medical emergencies. Moreover, police permits will also be required to go outside during non-curfew hours. Further, travel between Male’ and Hulhumale’ is also banned without a permit.