The Health Protection Agency (HPA) has ordered the closing of Male City’s night market due to an increase in daily COVID-19 cases.
In a statement issued Wednesday night, Male’ City Council stated that the night market, which started on December 26, is being halted as a control mechanism to restrict the spread of COVID-19.
“We openly declare a temporary halt in the issue of permits for activities such as night markets in Male’ City as a control measure to curb the spread of the disease,” the council said.
The City Council did not state that the night market was closed owing to the HPA’s directive, but an HPA media officer confirmed the order.
This year’s night market took place in Rasfannu from December 26 until January 5. Despite the fact that the stalls were close together, several people failed to establish social distance and wear masks.
According to the most recent HPA figures, 102 people tested positive for COVID-19 in Greater Male’ on Wednesday.