Tourism in Sharm El Sheikh (Creative Commons via Wikimedia commons)
CAIRO – 28 April 2020: Hotels willing to resume work in case the government allows internal tourism in the coming period will have to follow a set of seven pillars for safe operation amid the coronavirus pandemic.
The Federation of Chambers of Commerce, in cooperation with the Chamber of Hotel Establishments, set the seven main pillars and explained that the pillars represent an action plan for safe tourism operation through applying a package of precautionary, preventive and sanitary measures at hotels and restaurants.
The plan includes seven axes, to which hotels and tourist facilities have to commit the moment they start hosting the guest and until their departure. The first pillar is the preventive measures at hotels upon receiving guests, in addition to internal supervision on laundry, food and beverages, swimming pools, beaches and gyms.
The measures further include housing, occupancy rate, providing awareness signs, and services to ensure a safe working environment to prevent the spread of the virus.
Hisham el-Shaer, a member of the Hotel Establishments Chamber, great preparations are taking place in order to receive domestic tourism, pointing out that all hotels were sterilized, either in agreement with the Ministry of Health or through a clear protocol with the facilities’ administrations.
“All workers in the field of tourism have been released from quarantine, and those who were infected have recovered and left hospital, and work will resume at tourist facilities in accordance with specific parameters, where all workers should wear gloves and masks,” Shaer added.