Study has revealed that proprietors in the hospitality business who own hotels, guest houses, resort centers etc, are now failing or recalcitrant in upholding basic hygiene and safety measures to break the chain of Covid-19 and stop the spread of the pandemic in their facilities.
Many of them are also unperturbed about engaging in continuous trainings on the latest updated safety measures, in line with current updates from World Health Organization (WHO) and Nigeria Center for Disease and Control (NCDC).
Sadly, some of them even lie about compliance, therefore exposing public health and safety to danger, therefore personal responsibility became pertinent or better still abstaining from such facilities the need to avoid such facilities might just be the right decision.
Below but not limited are the reasons why Covid-19 spreads very fast in hotels, resort centers, guest houses etc::
1. Lack of frequency of cleaning and decontamination of all our public areas.
2. Rooms are not rigorously cleaned and disinfected for in-house guests, after departure; rooms are not left for a minimum of 24 hours, and decontaminated prior to another guest’s arrival.
3. Lack of training of staff to observe and maintain the strictest of cleaning protocol, using Hospital grade disinfectants.
4. Temperature checks and the use of automated hand sanitizers which are mandatory for everyone accessing the hotel in most cases are not available.
5. In the event of a detection, procedures are not in place to promptly curtail the spread, in line with guidelines of WHO and NCDC. Additionally, inability to make contact with Local Health Authorities for necessary support is also a contributory factor.
6. Lack of compliance with other safety modifications on operations and service delivery, to ensure the Hotel complies with the various guidelines, on industry best practice on hygiene, safety and social distancing.
However, one’s safety and wellbeing, and that of colleagues and family members should remain and rest on top priority. Coronavirus is real and swift in its spread. Physical distancing, respiratory and personal hygiene are the best form of protection against it.