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Local councils to monitor 24-hour establishments

Ahmed Aiham
08 January 2019, MVT 11:58
A local shop. PHOTO: NISHAN ALI/MIHAARU
Ahmed Aiham
08 January 2019, MVT 11:58

Ministry of Economic Development announced that local councils will monitor 24-hour shops and restaurants.

The Ministry's Registrar of Companies, Mariyam Wisam, stated that the ministry is currently identifying locations to establish 24-hour shops and restaurants.

Wisam added that once councils identified such areas, the ministry would publicize the locations.

Furthermore, Wisam noted that although local councils will monitor the 24-hour establishments, the Ministry will retain the power to make decisions regarding the shops.

Re-opening 24-hour shops and restaurants is one of President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih's First '100-day' pledges.

Requirements for 24-hour permit

- Clear view of the premises' inside

- CCTV cameras in 24-hour operation

- Banning the use of tobacco

International franchises that are established in Maldives are not eligible for 24-hour permits.

A fee of MVR 2,000 will be imposed for interested business every two years.

For first time offenders found to be operating in violation of the aforementioned requirements, the Ministry will temporarily revoke the license for six months. For repeat offences, the Ministry will annul the permit.

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