Published On: Thu, Mar 26th, 2020

Pay and use quarantine units at 31 hotels in Kolkata

Kolkata: Amid the spurt in Covid-19 cases, a total of 31 hotels in Kolkata and nearby Rajarhat and New Town areas have agreed to offer pay and use rooms to people who have been asked to live in isolation for 14 days, a senior official said.

Secretary of HRAEI Sudesh Poddar

A total of 640 rooms of two-star, three-star and four-star hotels will be offered on pay-and-use basis at very subsidised rates and all meals such as breakfast, lunch and dinner will be provided there.

“Responding to an appeal made by the Hotel & Restaurant Association of Eastern India, its members have agreed to offer these rooms to be reserved for isolation purposes,” secretary of HRAEI Sudesh Poddar told PTI.

A detailed list in this regard has been forwarded to the state government, he said refusing to divulge names of the hotels.

The state government had requested the hotels to let out some of their rooms as quarantine units, following which necessary arrangements were made at these properties, in accordance with the protocols set by the health department.

According to the health department, the rooms should have an attached bathroom facility.

The department also stated that windows be “kept open during daytime, and the floor and other surfaces in the rooms be mopped with bleach solution”.

“Soiled linens, clothes, towel shall not be mixed with those of others and shall be disinfected with bleach, washed properly and sun-dried daily and also before next use. Freshly prepared bleach solution (that is one per cent hydrochloride solution) must be used to clean furniture wash basin and toilets,” the department said.

All housekeeping and room service staffers have been asked to wear masks and gloves while serving the guests.

“No visitors other than doctors, medical officers or authorised officials shall be allowed inside the hotel to meet a quarantined person,” the department noted.

According to the state government directive, after completion of the 14-day quarantine period “the guests will be allowed to leave subject to the permission from the health department”.

“If any person develops (Covid-19) symptoms such as fever, cough and respiratory Illness during his or her stay, the hotel management must mandatorily inform the nodal officer immediately for taking appropriate action,” it said.

The state health department will designate a medical officer, who will visit and monitor the pay and-use quarantine units at these designated hotels from time to time, the order added. Poddar said depending upon the situation how it unfolds, we make further appeals to our members to provide more such isolation rooms.

According to reports, the state government is also building two more facilities – one in the city and the other in Rajarhat for suspected coronavirus patients.


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