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Wealthy tourists return to Maldives for maskless holidays

In this resort, masks aren't called for, because employees all live on-site, so the risk of infection is limited. The only people arriving are customers who have all been tested for Covid-19.
In this resort, masks aren't called for, because employees all live on-site, so the risk of infection is limited. The only people arriving are customers who have all been tested for Covid-19. © France 2

It's a chance to catch some winter sun in a stunning tropical location and temporarily forget the coronavirus pandemic. After months of closure, the Maldives has reopened to visitors again, or at least those with a negative Covid-19 test and quite a bit of cash to spare. Wealthy visitors are flocking to the South Asian islands for a luxury getaway and the opportunity to take off their face masks at last. Our France 2 colleagues report, with FRANCE 24's Emerald Maxwell.