Singapore: With the coronavirus severely impacting businesses and economies across the world, the Singapore government has now decided to support the country’s hospitality industry by booking 7500 hotel rooms for the purpose of quarantine. The move means that Singaporeans returning from overseas will now be kept in these five-star hotels for 14 days, to prevent them from potentially spreading the virus to their families. Also Read - Singapore to Restrict Short-Term Visitors as 39 Imported COVID-19 Cases Reported
Reports say over 7,500 rooms have been booked for this purpose by the Singapore Tourism Board and the hotels being used include the Conrad Centennial, The Stamford in Raffles City, Village Hotel Sentosa, Shangri-la Rasa Sentosa Resort and Village Hotel Albert Court. All these posh hotels, have stunning views of the sea and sweeping views of Singapore’s famous cityscape.
However, these guests are confined to their rooms which are on designated floors and sections of the hotel and will be barred from using bars, restaurants, swimming pools and gyms.
Food is takeaway served in plastic containers and delivered in a plastic bag hung on the door or on stools placed outside the room. Also, these rooms are not serviced and every four days, a bag of fresh towels and linen is placed outside for the occupant to replace.
About 200,000 residents were expected to return to Singapore in March and April.
As per a report by the World Travel and Tourism Council, layoffs in global tourism is mounting at a rate of one million a day, estimating that up to 50 million jobs in the sector are at immediate risk and that the industry may possibly lose as much as USD 2.1 trillion by the end of the year.