Captains to be fined if vessels violate entry and exit regulations

Health Emergency Operation Centre (HEOC) has revealed captains of marine vessels will be fined if they violate the regulations set by Male' City Council for entering and exiting the capital city amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Speaking at a press conference, Spokesperson of the HEOC Dr. Nazla Rafeeq revealed different areas have been allocated for different types of vessels, in order to reduce mixing of people. She said an order will soon be issued announcing a fine for captains of vessels which violate the regulations set by the city council.

According to the regulations, vessels arriving at Male' from the atolls are supposed to be use Male' North Harbour and T-Jetty, while speedboats going to or coming from the atolls are required to use Jetty number 1 in front of the Maldives Monetary Authority (MMA). Speedboats from resorts are required to use Jetties number 5 and 6, in front of the main branch of the Bank of Maldives (BML). Meanwhile, fishing vessels and other types of vessels are required to use Hulhumale' Harbour.

The administration banned entry and exit within the capital for non-essential purposes on August 4, as part of efforts to control the spread of COVID-19. A special permit is required to enter or exit Male' for individuals travelling for essential purposes.