Written by: Zheng Cuibi
Last update date: 2020-10-27 10:56
The new crown pneumonia epidemic is not over. Many citizens have changed to "Staycation" hotels because they cannot travel outside. However, some people hold multi-person gatherings in their rooms, which increases the risk of virus transmission.
After the incident was exposed, the government only asked the industry to introduce and strictly implement more epidemic prevention guidelines, without formal regulation.
The chairman of the Hong Kong Hotel Union, Xu Kaoli, said today (27th) that during the long Double Ninth Festival that just passed, many citizens still gathered in hotel rooms. The number of people in each room was "ten or eight." Avoiding taboos, we waited for check-in together in the lobby, but the situation did not improve.
He criticized that the government's guidelines have no deterrent effect, and the hotel industry is not doing well. In order to keep the business, there will be no gain or loss of guests. He did not ask employees to advise or stop the public.
Xu Kaoli said on the Hong Kong and Taiwan program "Millenniums" that during the Chongyang Festival long holiday period, there are still many residents staycation, and the situation is the same as before, and there is no reduction due to the introduction of more guidelines by the hotel industry.
When asked how many people usually gather together, he said, "Ten or 8 don't walk away." Some people are not shy about it and wait for check-in together in the lobby.
He pointed out that many hotels "open only their eyes and close their eyes" and will not ask employees to persuade the public or stop them. "The hotel does not intend to implement it... The business is poor, and there are hotels willing to guide them to make their business less. Hey, the more customers, the better."
He believes that the guidelines have no deterrent effect. The government has the responsibility to monitor the situation, but it also needs to discuss with the industry on how to balance operating losses and provide subsidies.
However, he said frankly that if the government introduces regulatory measures, front-line staff may have friction with customers when implementing them. There is expected to be an adaptation period and the assistance of law enforcement agencies may also be required.
He added that during the Double Ninth Festival, hotel business is similar to that of the Mid-Autumn Festival, and "both are 70% to 80%."
Xu Kaoli, chairman of the hotel trade union, said that after the hotel industry has strengthened its guidelines, citizens are still holding multi-person gatherings in their rooms, and the situation has not improved.
(Information Picture/Photo by Lu Yiming)
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