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Hotels prepared to welcome guests safely

11 Aug 2021 By ANIRBAN RAY

Hope and optimism make the world go round. The COVID-19 pandemic has wreaked havoc in the last 18 months resulting in crises in personal and professional life. But now there’s renewed hope of life returning to normalcy with the daily case count dropping significantly owing to a nationwide vaccination drive and lockdowns and night movement bans imposed to limit the spread of the virus. 

In anticipation of resumption of flights from several countries that were on Oman’s travel ban list, hotels are readying to welcome guests. Likely the worst-hit during the pandemic, the hospitality sector is eagerly awaiting the lifting of travel restrictions. 

Samir Messaoudi, general manager of Sheraton Oman, said it being part of Marriott International, the hotel has already implemented its commitment to a global COVID-19 protocol programme, besides local government regulations. “We are excited to hear that airlines will start operating at a higher frequency to all major destinations and we are looking forward to welcoming inbound tourists and business travellers at our hotel.”

Measures such as social distancing, hand sanitiser dispensers, masks, gloves and temperature checks are already in place in Sheraton Oman Hotel.

Besides the international chains, medium and small properties that probably suffered more on account of the pandemic, too aren’t leaving any stone unturned to implement health protocols to ensure the safety of staff and customers while attracting business.

Anuj Singh, CEO of Manam Hotel, said, “We have vaccinated most of our staff. We have been following the directives and guidelines of the Supreme Committee tasked with tackling the impact of the pandemic and dutifully implementing all the protocols to keep our hotel rooms and also the surroundings clean and safe.

“Of course, we are excited to bounce back and welcome  guests ensuring all the safety measures are followed, including temperature checks, a no-mask-no-entry policy, hand sanitising and social distancing.”

According to Surya Muduli, general manager of Royal Crown Hotel, staff members have been on their toes since the outbreak of the pandemic, adhering to Supreme Committee’s health and safety guidelines. 

“Despite the slack season, we did not lay off any of our staff members. We engaged them in the property’s upkeep – not just  rooms but the surroundings, too. Our staff attended their duties as usual throughout the pandemic as we do not want to take any chances of exposing guests to thedreaded virus,” Muduli said. 

He is confident of his hotel’s preparedness to handle any given situation. “Our staff members are now well versed following the expertise acquired during the slack period.” 


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