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Government to permit guesthouses to reopen starting October 15th

Government has decided to permit guesthouses to reopen starting October 15th.

"One" has learnt that the Ministry of Tourism will be publicizing the operational procedure for guesthouses to reopen during the pandemic today.

After borders reopened in July following the lockdown regarding COVID-19, the 'Safe Tourism Guideline' by HPA noted that guesthouses will reopen in August. However, due to the spread of COVID-19, the government estimated that guesthouses will be able to reopen by early September - however, no exact date was set then.

Guesthouses have also raised their concerns regarding this before. Guesthouses Association of Maldives (GAM) said that the delay in reopening and uncertainty around it meant a risk for the industry about the future of it as well.