Male’, Maldives – The Tourism Ministry of Maldives has announced that guest houses which were forced to close down due to the ongoing pandemic will be allowed to re-open on 15th of October.
The Ministry announced the news in a tweet sent out today, revealing that further information would be provided in a press conference scheduled for Wednesday.
Government will permit reopening of Guest Houses from 15 Oct 2020. The issuing of permit will be based on consent from Island Council and criteria and guideline by HPA and HEOC. Ministry will hold a Press on 2.9.2020 to provide more info on #GuestHouse reopening.#VisitMaldives
— Ministry of Tourism (@MoTmv) September 1, 2020
Guest houses were initially set to re-open on the 15th of August, however, with the number of cases on the rise, the government declared that the country has to first control the number of Covid-19 cases, postponing the opening of guest houses.
This was met with the concerns of Guest House Association of Maldives, who claimed that the business owners were facing a huge loss with the prolonged delay in re-opening the facilities.
While the government plans to reopen guest houses in the upcoming month, Maldives is yet to control the number of daily infections in the country, with cases above hundreds on the daily.