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Villa Group closes all resorts except Paradise Island

Mariyam Malsa
17 March 2020, MVT 15:02
A view of the outdoor pool at Paradise Island Resort: All Villa-owned resorts will be shut down over COVID-19 concerns. PHOTO/PARADISE ISLAND RESORT
Mariyam Malsa
17 March 2020, MVT 15:02

Villa Group temporarily closed all resorts under its management except Paradise Island Resort amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Speaking to local media outlet Mihaaru, an official from Villa Group stated that all reservations made for other Villa resorts were transferred to Paradise Island Resort.

The official stated that the decision was finalised in the interest of public safety following several cancellations and a reduction in tourist arrivals experienced across all Villa Resorts.

"For example, to reach Sun Island, an additional domestic transfer is necessary. Due to this there is a considerable chance of tourists coming into contact with a large amount of people".

Out of the properties managed by Villa Group, Paradise Island Resort is located closest to Velana International Airport (VIA).

Despite the closure, resorts will continue operating until in-house guests depart after concluding their booked stays.

Villa Group manages Sun Island Resort, Holiday Island Resort, Royal Island Resort and Fun Island Resort.

In addition to the aforementioned closures, Villa Group decided to reduce staff salaries last week.

Salary cuts introduced by Villa

- 10 percent reduction for employees earning below MVR 4,999

- 20 percent reduction for employees earning between MVR 5,000 to 9,999

- 35 percent reduction for employees earning between MVR 10,000 to 49,999

- 50 percent reduction for employees earning above MVR 50,000

Currently there are 13 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Maldives, including a tourist couple on a liveaboard, two cases from Anantara Dhigu Resort, five foreign nationals from Kuredu Island Resort as well as two foreign citizens from Sandies Bathala and Kuramathi Maldives each.