Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy Wishnutama Kusubandio officially announced the use of hotels and transportation for medical workers and the COVID-19 task force led by the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) in handling COVID-19 outbreaks.
Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy Wishnutama Kusubandio (second from right), officially announced the use of hotels and transportation for medical workers and the COVID-19 task force led by the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) in handling COVID-19 outbreaks. (Image by Kemenparekraf)

JAKARTA (BPN) – Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy (Menparekraf) Wishnutama Kusubandio officially announced the use of accommodation facilities (hotels) and transportation. Wishnutama explained that the hotel will be used by medical workers and the COVID-19 task force led by the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) in handling COVID-19 outbreaks.

The Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy (Kemenparekraf) has worked closely with Accor Group to provide a place to rest for medical workers and the Task Force, as well as with Bluebird, Panorama, Antavaya and Whitehorse to provide transportation facilities for medical workers and Task Forces.

“The collaboration with the hotel chain is to create a temporary accommodation facility for medical workers and task forces in various regions,” Wishnutama Kusubandio said as quoted from press release by Kemenparekraf, on Saturday.

Kemenparekraf with Accor Group provided 615 rooms tailored to the needs of four hospitals in Jakarta that currently handle COVID-19, namely RSCM, RSPAD, RS Sulianti Saroso, and RS Persahabatan.

“This will cover 1,100 medical workers with a mix scheme of twin and single room,” Wishnutama said.

In this collaboration, the hotel will follow the Standard Operational Procedure (SOP) relating to guest services as determined by the Ministry of Health, related to COVID-19 handling.

Such as the routine disinfectant spraying especially at hotel entrances, sanitation activities, physical distancing arrangements in all areas of the hotel including the use of elevators, minimizing direct service interactions and other standard operation recommended by the Ministry of Health.

Medical workers who stay overnight and hotel employees will go through several stages of anticipation such as temperature check, disinfectant gate, and the use of personal protective equipment as a mandatory protocol in anticipating COVID-19 transmission.

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The hotel must also carry out special SOPs in carrying out daily tasks both in departments that meet directly or indirectly with all medical workers, for example in housekeeping from sanitary procedures, frequency of cleaning, to the provision of extra amenities.

According to Wishnutama, Kemenparekraf still opens for collaboration with other hotels, of course, with procedures and requirements that must be met.

Among them the hotel should near the Referral Hospital as well as the hotel does not terminate the employee’s contract related to the COVID-19 pandemic situation.

The tourism sector is one of those affected by COVID-19 pandemic. Based on data from the Indonesia Hotel and Restaurant Association (PHRI), up to mid-March, the hotel occupancy rate in various regions of Indonesia fell by 50 percent.

“This humanitarian mission is no longer about profit or loss but it is related to human lives. I appeal to all elements including the tourism industry players to take part to help Indonesia in stopping the spread of the COVID-19 outbreak. It’s time to share and help each other,” Wishnutama said.

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