Government sets new working hours

The cabinet has agreed upon new working hours for government institutions that will come in place from today.

The new hours will mean that government offices will be open from 8am until 3pm, Sunday to Thursday. As part of this new schedule, a 30 minute lunchtime break will be taken either between 12pm to 12:30pm or 1pm to 1:30 pm. An additional 15 minute break will also be provided for afternoon prayers.

In a statement on the President’s Office website, the government said that the decision had been taken after consultation with the Civil Service Commission, private sector bodies, independent state institutions and the Civil Servants Association.