Guesthouses across Maldives opened its doors to tourists on Thursday after having suspended operation in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Maldives closed its borders to tourists in March as a precautionary measure against COVID-19. While resorts were reopened on July 15, the planned date for the reopening of guesthouses was pushed back after a spike in positive cases. However, special arrangements have been facilitated at inhabited islands on which guesthouses are located, and the local tourism business has once again resumed across Maldives.
While 16 guesthouses in six islands have reopened, 242 rooms and 625 beds are available at the facilities. Most guest houses were reopened in K. Huraa, with seven guesthouses recommencing operation. The most number of beds are available at Maafushi island with 411 beds. In addition to the two islands in the capital atoll, guesthouses have reopened in N. Fodhdhoo, V. Fulidhoo, V. Thinadhoo and Aa. Mathiveri.
The use of face masks have been made mandatory on islands on which guesthouses are operated.