Deputy Minister of Tourism urges hoteliers to provide rooms for isolation for repatriated Cypriots

Deputy Minister of Tourism, Savvas Perdios, urged hoteliers to respond to a call to host people expected to be repatriated to Cyprus in the coming days, and who will need to confine themselves due to measures against the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).

Perdios told CNA that the Deputy Ministry already sent a framework of cooperation to hoteliers` associations, to sign a contract with the government to provide accommodation and services.

“This is a crucial moment for our country and hoteliers are called to do their part,” Perdios noted.

He clarified that the people who will be hosted are not patients, but fellow compatriots who went abroad and who need to confine themselves upon return as a precaution. The possibility of having someone among them who contracted the virus is very low, he added, as people will be tested at the airport and will have with them the necessary certificates from certified laboratories, as per the decree.

The 1420 hotline will also be available for hotels in case someone shows any symptoms at a later stage, said Perdios.

He clarified that these people are healthy but can not go immediately home, because they need to stay confined for 14 days, in line with government measures.

During their stay at a hotel, they will be provided with food, linen and fresh towels, he added.

Compensation for hoteliers is not on par with what they would earn if hotels were open, Perdios added and said that this should be viewed as an act of social responsibility on the part of hoteliers in difficult times.

He said finally that people who confine themselves need to understand that they have to follow the rules and not walk out of their rooms.

Replying to a question, the Deputy Minister said that they are in contact with three-star hotels, but said that other hotels might be interested as well.

Source: Cyprus News Agency