Strict guidelines for hotel staff, guests

Acting permanent secretary of Health, Dr. James Fong at a press conference at the Ministry of Health's Dinem House in Toorak, Suva on Monday, July 06, 2020. Picture: JONACANI LALAKOBAU

A hotel in Nadi used to quarantine returning Fiji citizens has been following strict guidelines to ensure staff and guests are protected from the deadly coronavirus.

Hotel manager Novitesh Chand explained that a set of rooms had been blocked off at the resort where passengers had been quarantined since March.

“We have very strict guidelines in place, for example our staff wear PPEs (personal protective equipment) while working at the hotel,” he said.

“However, they don’t serve the quarantined guests. That is done by the military officials. The guests stay at a reserved area of the hotel which is blocked off and none of our staff are allowed to that area of the hotel.

“One military personnel serving food in packs is allowed in this area.

“We have been doing this since March when people were returning or being evacuated back to Fiji.”

He said once passengers tested negative and left the hotel, the rooms were sanitised.

“Each time the room becomes available, we do a round of sanitisation before the next group comes in.

“The instructions are very clear from the Ministry of Health.”

He added they have yet to report a positive case.

In a press conference yesterday, Ministry of Health and Medical Services acting permanent secretary Dr James Fong said resort staff were closely monitored while quarantined passengers were billeted at hotels in Nadi.

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