Govt. discusses easing restrictions for restaurants

Spokesperson at the President's Office Mabrouq Azeez | Photo: NEOC

Malé, Maldives – The President’s Office Spokesperson Mabrook Azeez said today that Discussions are underway to ease restrictive measures against restaurants, cafés and other eateries in the Malé area.

Mabrook noted that businesses are facing major losses due to the Covid-19 restrictions and the government aims to remove the restrictive measures at the earliest opportunity. He added that to aid the medium and small businesses, stimulus packages have been introduced by MIRA, while delivery and takeaway times have been extended for eateries.

The President’s Office Spokesperson also said that the guidelines for operations of eateries are created already and they are waiting for the green light from the health sector.

Meanwhile, the Restaurant Association of Maldives (RAM) are planning the protest for tomorrow against Covid-19 restrictions in place by the state. The protest named “Don’t bite the hand that feeds you” is to take place at 16:00 at the Carnival area in Malé.

Due to the surge in Covid-19 cases in the country in May, restaurants in the greater Malé area are closed for dine-in customers. The eateries are only allowed to provide take away and delivery services which are causing great financial damage to the businesses.