Economic ministry has given permission to three cafés in Male’ to operate 24-hours.
This marks the first time businesses have been allowed to operate 24-hours since President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih took office.
In a tweet economic ministry stated that the three businesses given permit to operate 24-hours are Sea House at Hulhumale’ ferry terminal, Saffron Café at Sosun Magu and Nice & Spice Restaurant at Maafannu Food Court.
The 24-hour permit will be given to places that meet the following criteria:
• The inside of the venue should have sufficient lighting and must clearly be seen from the outside
• 24-hour CCTV cameras should be installed in the venue
• The venue must have a board outside showing the permit to run their business 24 hours a day
• Smoking must be prohibited inside the venue
The 24-hour permit will be given for a fee of MVR 2000, and will be valid for two years. If the permit holders violate the criteria, permits will be suspended for six months and permanently cancelled for repeated offenders.
Meanwhile, the government has decided not to give the 24-hour permit for foreign franchises operated in the country.