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The Commissioner for Information and Communications, Pastor Paulinus Nsirim, has called on those in the hospitality business, particularly hotels, to ensure that they take the fight against the virus serious.
The commissioner who spoke as guest at a sensitisation progrmme on COVID-19 prevention organised by the state chapter of the Hoteliers Association at the Presidential Hotel, Port Harcourt stated that their position as a place where different people from different walks of life visit regularly, makes them a conduit to infection, if they do not know of preventive measures.
While thanking the Chairman of the Hoteliers Association, Me Eugene Nwauzi, for the initiative brought into the spreading of COVID-19 prevention messages across all the hotels in Rivers State, the Commissioner emphasised on the role expected of the industry in the fight against the Coronavirus in the State.
“Let me say that those of you in the hospitality industry have a very critical role to play in the prevention of Coronavirus in the State. A lot of people come to your hotels for one transaction or the other, sometimes to Lodge as guests.
“In this season, nobody knows who is who, and the health status of individuals that would come to your hotels. That is why it’s important that you understand how to begin to engage your customers to ensure that they don’t come and then spread the virus in your hotels”, he said.
For this purpose, the Commissioner said, a good number of handbills and fliers produced by the Ministry had been given to the Hotelier’s Association with the instruction to distribute it in suits and at their various receptions.
“I said that you should put them in the rooms, and even at the reception. So that everyone that comes into the hotel has a handbill to know the dos and don’ts as it relates to personal hygiene in this period”, he said, noting that the period calls for sacrifice on the part of everybody.
“We’re in a very critical challenging time. Your businesses will be having some impact, and that’s why if you listen to all the broadcast made by His Excellency, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, the Governor of Rivers State, he call this season a time for sacrifice. We will not compromise the health of our people because we want to make money. It’s a sacrifice that will soon end, and our businesses will come to normal”, Nsirim said.