The Ministry of Economic Development has announced the regions in Villimalé, a suburban extension of the capital city, in which shops will be allowed to operate on a round-the-clock basis.
The ministry revealed that the regions in the island where round-the-clock businesses will be allowed to operate are the areas in “Vaaru Hingun” and the Ferry Terminal region.
Further, the ministry has sought interested individuals to seek the permit to operate their businesses 24/7, at the ministry. Only businesses registered under the Business Registration Act will be allowed to operate 24/7 businesses.
Forms have been made available through the ministry’s business portal, revealed Economic Ministry.
Permits will only be issued to businesses that meet the criterion set out by the ministry.
Shops will only be permitted to sell essentials and the ministry also revealed that the shops must service their customers in all other times except for closing times for prayer.
Shops and businesses will only be allowed to operate round the clock if they are well-lit and have surveillance cameras installed in their establishment. They are also required to place a 24/7 board in an easily visible spot.
When allocating neighbourhoods and regions, the ministry looks into the population of the region as well as neighbourhoods with bigger market places.
President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih had granted approval for wholesalers and retailers as well as local cafés and restaurants to be kept open 24 hours in November 2018. This was included in his first-100-day pledges as well.