Masks to be distributed in islands with operational guesthouses

View from guest house, looking onto the ocean | Photo: Travel Trade Maldives

Male’, Maldives – The Ministry of Tourism has decided to distribute face masks in islands where guesthouses will be operational, following the announcement of Health Protection Agency (HPA), people living in islands with operational guest houses must wear face masks when out in public.

Making the announcement via a press release, the Ministry revealed that two sets of masks would be distributed to the islands, one being the non surgical masks to be handed over to the guesthouses, which have been donated to the country by the United National Development Program (UNDP), and the other being the reusable masks donated by the Temasek Foundation of Singapore. These masks are to be distributed to the locals living in the island with operational guesthouses via the Local Government Authority (LGA).

This comes as Maldives prepared to re-open guesthouses within the islands of Maldives on Thursday, for the first time since Maldives closed its borders in March. Although Maldives opened up borders on July 15th and welcomed the first tourists on 17th July, the guesthouses have remained closed, with only tourist resorts operational til date.

Having have earned the title by World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) on the 15th of September, Maldives has welcomed more than 13,500 tourists since July. Multiple resorts have since opened up with safety measures in place, to provide the ultimate vacation experience in the paradise on Earth they call home.

With the opening of guesthouses, the number of tourists arriving in to the Maldives is expected to increase, while the country has welcomed more than 22,000 tourists since borders opened.