Police say the political rally held today by the opposition coalition had gone against the guidelines set by the Health Protection Agency to prevent the spread of COVID-19 pandemic in the country.

Police said in a statement that those who had participated in the rally had not maintained social distancing protocols and that some had failed to wear facemasks in the public.

It said that police would investigate the incidents and take appropriate action against those who failed to abide by the guidelines set by HPA.

The vehicle ride organized by the opposition coalition began today at 4 pm today in front of the Progress Party of Maldives PPM head office. The vehicle ride covered the whole of Male’ and finished at where is started.

While many took part in the political event which also saw top leaders of the coalition take part in the vehicle ride. Several photos that made rounds on the media circuit and social media painted a picture with no social distancing among protesters and received heavy criticism from many.

The opposition had said that is an initiative on behalf of the country's youth, to voice against the state's indecisiveness and the social and economic setbacks faced by young entrepreneurs and small to medium enterprises.

Opposition's rally is coming as a rebuttal to state's recent decision on fining land vehicles operating after 20:00hrs every night.

State's move for a vehicular fine is as per the government, a bid to cut down on public movement and in turn control the spread of Covid-19 in light of the recent spikes.