The Akwa Ibom State government has unveiled a nine-point COVID-19 guideline for reopening hotels and tourism centres across the state.
The state’s Commissioner for Culture and Tourism, Orman Esin, who reeled out the guideline at a press conference in Uyo on Wednesday, said the guidelines would help to ease the five-month lockdown in the state.
He noted that it was important to reopen the state for economic activities as it recorded the least number of COVID-19 casualties.
“Let me, first of all, thank the state government for effective management of COVID-19 in the state. It is important for us to note the times we are living in where the COVID-19 pandemic is ravaging the world. It is also the responsibility of the government to protect her citizens,” the commissioner said.
Esin listed the guidelines to include hand-washing, fumigation of hotel premises with recommended chemicals, physical distancing, provision of isolation rooms in hotels, checking of body temperature, and training of members of staff on the handling of COVID-19 related issues, among others.
“We are not using these guidelines to generate revenue but any hotelier or tourist business operator who violates these guidelines will not be tolerated,” he said.
On his part, the Chairman, Akwa Ibom Hotel Management and Tourism Board, Ini Akpabio, urged hoteliers to adhere strictly to the guidelines, saying: “It is our duty to ensure that hospitality business is carried out in the state according to World Health Organisation (WHO) standard best practices.”