Tourists being kept under coronavirus quarantine at luxury Maldives resort
(CNN) — While there’s no doubt that having your vacation interrupted by a fast-spreading virus that’s infected more than 108,000 globally and killed more than 3,800 is a major inconvenience, there are surely worse places to be confined than a luxury Maldives resort.
As a precaution, the entire resort has been placed under quarantine, with all guests and staff restricted from leaving until further notice.
“The temporary restrictive measures will continue until such time that the authorities release the island from its quarantine period,” reads a statement on the website for Kuredu Island Resort & Spa, where accommodation options include private pool villas, beach bungalows and hot tub beach villas.
“At this time there will be no flight in or out of the island. The island is well stocked with the essentials and we are confident in the care that will be provided to all.”
All guests and staff at the Kuredu Island Resort & Spa are under temporary quarantine after two staff members tested postive for coronavirus.
Courtesy Kuredu Island Resort
The decision was made after two staff members tested positive for the virus shortly after coming into contact with an Italian tourist who had tested positive for the virus after returning home.
However, authorities have opted to lock down the entire resort as an extra provision, ensuring that all guests and employees “remain on the island and follow advice and guidance of the Maldives Health Protection Agency and the Ministry of Tourism.”
Those who aren’t under self isolation will hopefully have plenty to keep them busy as the resort, a 35-minute seaplane ride from capital Male, offers activities such as scuba diving, windsurfing and kiteboarding, as well as a highly rated spa — although it’s not clear whether these will still be on offer.
Authorities have also banned any passengers “originating from and transiting through Italy” from entering the Maldives, as well as any travelers who have visited the European country within the last two weeks.
A separate Maldives resort, Summer Island was also placed under “temporary restrictive measures” after two individuals developed coronavirus symptoms while holidaying there.