The designated operator of the Maldives, Maldives Post, wishes to inform other Union member countries and their designated operators that the government of Maldives has adopted the following measures as a precaution against the spread of the global COVID-19 pandemic:
- Work has been suspended in all government offices as from 19 March 2020 to encourage people to stay at home and limit their movements within the Maldives;
- Social contacts are being reduced and public gatherings restricted;
- People are encouraged to travel only for emergencies, and to practice social distancing.
Moreover, access to postal outlets is subject to restrictions, to enable Maldives Post to carry out its activities in compliance with the strict ad hoc measures introduced by the government. In order to ensure that human contact is minimized, and to preserve the personal safety of both employees and customers of Maldives Post, it has been deemed necessary to take certain preventative measures. Therefore, Maldives Post is suspending the processing of all inbound and outbound mail (letter-post, parcel-post and EMS items) from 19 to 28 March 2020. This will have a major impact on operations and, consequently, on quality of service for all types of mail (letter-post, parcel-post and EMS items). The disruption is expected to continue until the epidemic is over.
Consequently, service delivery standards cannot be guaranteed, and a situation of force majeure has been declared. Maldives Post is therefore ceasing, with immediate effect, to accept international letter-post, parcel-post and EMS items to all destinations until the situation returns to normal. Maldives Post thanks all other Union member countries and their designated operators for their understanding. It will update them of any changes to this situation via EmIS.