Health Protection Agency HPA says that it would begin another mass inspection in the Greater Male’ Area next week as part of the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.
HPA said that this mass inspection would target government and private offices as well as public transport systems in the Greater Male’ Area.
The Agency said the random inspection would commence on the 20th of this month and that HPA would collaborate with other government institutions to ensure whether these places are adhering to the guidelines set by the HPA to thwart the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic in the capital city.
HPA also announced that it would conduct a second round of inspection of business establishments that provide public services and said that it would take appropriate action against those failing to adhere to public service guidelines as set by the agency.
HPA said if a business outlet is found in breach of the guideline for the first time, then the outlet would be closed down for 48 hours before being allowed to resume business.
The Agency said if a business fails to obey the HPA guidelines for the second time, then the outlet would face a fine of MVR 1000 and would be closed down for 72 hours before being allowed to reopen.
HPA noted that if a business is found to be operating outside of HPA rules for the third time, then the outlet would be fined MVR 1000 and would be closed for 5 days.