Two PrideInn Hotels in Mombasa have suspended operations over Covid-19 leaving 500 employees jobless.
The two PrideInn Hotels Flamingo and Paradise both located in Shanzu area Mombasa, shut down citing low business levels due to the covid-19 pandemic.
Pride Inn Officials held a special prayer meeting on Monday before suspending the operations of the two hotels adding to a list of businesses that have shut down over the Coronavirus crisis.
The prayers were held on Monday, March 31, 2020, at one of the hotels in Shanzu and were led by the Pride Inn Group Managing Director Hasnain Noorani who said they had no choice but to make the painful decision.
”These are very depressing times for the entire world. We are facing an uncertain future owing to the effects of coronavirus that is already in our midst,” Mr. Noorani said.
In attendance were religious leaders Catholic Priest Fr William Baskar from Shanzu Catholic Church, Imam Amu Ali (TSS Mosque) and Dr. Charles Kwake of Jesus Celebration Centre (JCC).
”We seek divine intervention at this time when COVID-19 is causing sleepless nights to all and sundry. Many have been infected, lives have been lost and a people’s way of life turned completely upside down,” prayed Father Baskar.
Others who attended the Pride Inn prayers were General Managers Paradise, Ms. Ann Peggy, and Flamingo by Pride Inn, Mr. Victor Shitakah.
According to the Pride Inn MD, the decision to shut down the hotels was not just about business but also to ensure that their employees and clients are safe during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Mr. Noorani said that he was optimistic that things will get back to normal soon and the hotels will resume operations.
”Since the hotel opened its doors in 2015, we have seen the enthusiasm and zeal in which our staff has shown as they render exemplary service to guests who have found time to check-in and stay with us,” he said.
The closure of the two Pride Inn hotels now adds to a list of several hotels that have a closed business in Mombasa which include; Mombasa Serena Beach Hotel, Sai Roc, Castle Royal Hotel, and Bliss Resort.
The Coronavirus pandemic continues to hit the global economy hard with the UN saying it is the worst crisis since world war II.