Tourism

Maldives hoping to reopen guesthouses in capital region next month

  • An exact date yet to be announced
  • Guesthouses in the capital region to only be opened after cases from clinics fall below five percent; rose to nine percent last week
  • Guesthouses in outlying islands were allowed to restart operations on October 15

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Tourism Minister, Dr. Abdulla Mausoom - RaajjeMV

Authorities are working to reopen the guesthouses in the capital region next month.

Revealing this, Tourism Minister Dr. Abdulla Mausoom told RaajjeMV that they have yet to set an exact date for the reopening.

He said that guesthouses in the region will be allowed to restart operations as per the counsel of the Health Protection Agency (HPA) and the Covid-19 Technical Advisory Group.

They had previously revealed that guesthouses in the capital region will be allowed to reopen after the Covid-19 cases detected from flu clinics fall below five percent, however, the Health Emergency Operations Center (HEOC) said it rose to nine percent last week.

While work is being done to reopen guesthouses in the region, guesthouses in outlying islands were allowed to restart operations on October 15. By November 17, the tourism ministry had approved a total of 91 guesthouses across 21 atolls to restart operations.

Authorities assured that this was done with strict Covid-19 guidelines, to ensure that the virus does not spread to the communities.

Maldives, as many other nations, closed its borders following the Covid-19 pandemic. After nearly four months, the borders were reopened on July 15.

Last updated at: 2 weeks ago | Reviewed by: Ismail Shah

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