Tourism Minister Ali Waheed has asked the Parliament for its opinion regarding the guidelines it has drafted on easing the restrictions to curb the spread of COVID-19 in Maldives and reopen the country for tourism.
The guidelines cover the issuance of a Safe Tourism License to tourist facilities, and mandatory testing of tourists upon arrival.
Ali Waheed, in his letter to the Parliament, said that the Safe Tourism Guidelines had been drafted following analysis of similar strategies employed by other countries, and were in line with World Health Organization (WHO) guidelines.
He asked that the Parliament submit its recommendations to the Tourism Ministry regarding the guidelines by May 25.
The review of the guidelines was tasked to the Parliament’s Economic Affairs Committee at the virtual parliamentary meeting held on Wednesday morning.
Assigning the task to the committee, Parliament Speaker, former Maldivian President Mohamed Nasheed asked that the committee begin its review immediately, and that it seek counsel from relevant experts for the task.
The Safe Tourism Guidelines were drafted by Tourism Ministry following discussions with industry stakeholders.
It states that the Safe Tourism License Safe Tourism License shall be issued to resorts which comply with a specific set of standards which includes: allocation of 10 percent of registered guest rooms for isolation purposes, allocation of facilities for quarantining staff equivalent to 10 percent of staff population, training guest service staff in the use of PPEs, social distancing procedures, disinfection procedures, and emergency procedures on dealing with suspected cases of COVID-19.
The resorts must also have an adequate stock of medically certified PPEs.
Ali Waheed set down for a virtual meeting with industry stakeholders regarding the guidelines on Tuesday. He is said to have asked for their opinion and recommendations as well.