President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih extends the partial opening of government institutions from June 14th to June 18th.

In a statement, the President’s Office said that the government institutions would be allowed to open on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday between 0900 hours to 1300 hours to complete urgent tasks and provide essential services.

It also said that during this period, general members of the public should not enter the premises of any government building to seek service.

This decision was publicized today as the 17th directive issued by the President’s Office this year.

The President’s Office said that similar to the 16th directive, it also states that if there is a need to complete a task outside of the specified time periods, a relevant authority should determine whether it is necessary for employees to be physically present in the office to complete it.

It also said that they must also ensure that only the minimum numbers of employees are utilized.

The President’s Office reminded that It is incumbent on government institutions to inform the Health Protection Agency (HPA) of the exact nature of the work they wish to undertake and to seek advice prior to requiring employees’ physical attendance in the office.

All government offices are to comply with all safety-measures outlined by the HPA to protect against exposure to COVID-19.

The statement said that the President reiterates that employees who are able to provide their services through online platforms should continue to do so at home.