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We are still open for business, says Eko Hotels

Contrary to reports that Eko Hotels and Suites have shut down operations over threat of coronavirus, management of the firm has said that it is still opened to business, but services scaled down to minimise the pandemic.

The firm, which said it takes pride in prioritising the safety of guests, staff and community, said it is taking extensive precautionary measures in fighting the deadly virus.

A statement obtained by The Guardian explained that earlier statement by the firm was highly misinterpreted and misunderstood that it has closed operations due to COVID-19.

It said the decision to only keep open Eko Signature hotel, Eko Hotel, 1415 Seafood/Steakhouse, Kuramo Sports Cafe, Lagoon Breeze and Calabash Bar, is to adhere to the Government’s instructions of having not more than 20 people gathered in the same space.

Already, the firm said a significant number of its administrative staff have been advised to work from home, adding that “This is because we strongly concur with the precautionary measure of social distancing, in order to eliminate the spread of the COVID-19 virus.”

On some of the precautionary measures taken in fighting COVID-19, the statement said: “Educating our staff and providing visible information to guests about COVID-19 around all four hotel buildings, providing hand gloves and face masks to every security guard, especially those who check the temperature of everyone that uses any of the entrance gates into the hotels premises.

“Mounting up hand sanitizer dispensers near elevators, every entry way to the halls and meeting rooms, and other public spaces around the hotels premises.

“Encouraging our staff to properly wash their hands with soap and water at 20 minute intervals and minimising the movement of staff by housing the staff servicing our operations in the premises.”

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