When PrideInn and Swiss Hotels International shut down as a result of the deadly Covid-19, more than 1,000 employees lost their jobs.
The chain shut down all its outlets after the flow of customers dried up as a result of Coronavirus that continues to sweep across the country.
With calls for businesses to find ways to “adapt to the new normal”, most hotels are on the way of coming back to life by adhering to the new regulations being put in place by the Ministry of Health.
More than 1,000 employees who worked for the nine outlets of PrideInn and Swiss Hotels International will get their jobs back as the hotel awaits and inspection from health workers before being allowed to resume.
“Plans are underway to reopening our hotel facilities to visitors beginning mid-June or as soon as cessation of movement is lifted,” said Mr. Hasnai Noorani, the Group’s Managing Director.
According to Mr. Noorani, upon reopening, the business will not be as usual but with time, “people will have to adapt because we cannot live like this forever.”
The opening of PrideInn gives hope to tens of thousands of other workers in the hotel industry who lost their jobs or sent on unpaid leave by their respective employers due to the effects of Covid-19.
Serena Hotel, towards the end of May, sent all its employees to an unpaid leave “until further notice” as it ran into losses occasioned by Covid-19. Most hotels have shown interest in reopening as soon as the government gives a directive.
Covid-19 cases in Kenya are now past 2,000 and increasing at a higher rate on each passing day. The government is now under a fix of how best to all the businesses to operate without putting the health of Kenyans in jeopardy.
Will life ever go back to normal? What is the best strategy to adapt to?