COVID-19 has us all worried – especially about visiting public areas, including hotels and restaurants.

Marhaba spoke to the Radisson Blu Hotel, Doha about what measures they are taking to ensure your safety.

Firstly, of course, they are following all the recommendations issued by the Ministry of Public Health regarding the coronavirus, as well as personal protective measures from the World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the US. This entails frequently cleaning hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water, avoiding physical contact, and maintaining a social distance – staff are to be at least one metre away from another person.

The hotel has installed hand sanitisers around various points of the property – at the entrances, at each reception desk, bar, restaurant, banqueting and meeting space, the business centre, the fitness centre, and at loading bays. You’ll see the valets sanitising their hands after handling luggage, and doormen wearing rubber gloves.

Every dining table is sterilised before and after being used, both in restaurants used by guests and in the staff canteen. As well as tables, staff are sterilising door handles, public toilets, telephone sets, menus, and buffet tables. Guest rooms will also have bathrooms sterilised, along with surfaces and other amenities. Room attendants will be spending longer in each room to ensure thorough cleaning, and have been provided with hairnets, masks and gloves.

Those visiting to eat will find a few changes: most buffets will be cancelled in favour of an àla carte menu; those buffets that are still in place will no longer have a cold food section. No cold food will be served in any outlet, such as nuts and crisps, and welcome corners will have individually packaged items.

Radisson Blu Doha Pool

The hotel has an intensive daily disinfection checklist for the Cabana Club facilities, with regular sanitisation in all areas, from the gym to the massage rooms, swimming pools and outside courts.

In the event of a suspected case in the hotel, there are comprehensive guidelines regarding notifying the authorities and the immediate actions to be taken.

This is just a brief overview of what the Radisson Blu Hotel, Doha is doing to ensure your wellbeing. All of the hotels in Qatar have your safety in mind, and you can be assured they are doing their utmost by following the instructions of the government and health organisations.

Author: Sarah Palmer

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