Maldives spa ban lifted by government
Spas at hotels and resorts across the Maldives will not face closure, following the ban set last week by the government after they faced pressure from religious groups who said they led to prostitution and alcoholism among locals. The president said the closures came as a result of pressure from opposition parties who found massage, as well as sale of pork and alcohol in the mainly Muslim nation, to be offensive. However, the government has now asked the Supreme Court to adjudicate whether spas are legal under the Maldivian constitution and has lifted the ban until a decision is made.