The enforcement team.
Ovedhe Hezekiah – Warri
Delta state government has warned hotels operating in the state to adhere strictly to government’s guidelines in their operations as contained in the COVID-19 protocols released by the government.
The Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Mr. Chiedu Ebie made this known to newsmen while monitoring the compliance level of the government’s directives at some hotels in Asaba.
Speaking on the outcome of the inspection, Mr. Ebie commended the management of Elomaz hotels for full compliance but was not satisfied with others inspected.
For the avoidance of doubt, he emphasised that the guidelines for the reopening of hotels stated that they were allowed to open in-room dining only, while restaurants, bars and night clubs in or attached to hotels remained closed to both in-house guests and the public till further notice.
He stated that if the hotels continue to flout the guidelines, they leave government with no other option than to shut them down indefinitely as they portend a great danger to residents of the state.
Ebie said that the increasing number of COVID-19 cases in the State was a source of concern to the government hence it would ensure that it enforces the COVID-19 guidelines to the latter to manage the spread of the virus.
The SSG maintained that it was not the intention of government to destroy businesses but to ensure the safety of Deltans, adding that, the use of face mask in public places was compulsory while also stating that social distancing should also be maintained so as to contain the spread of the virus.
The SSG was accompanied on the visit by the Hon Commissioner for Information, Mr. Charles Aniagwu.
Hotels visited include Hampton hotel, Okpanam, Golden tulip hotel, Top rank hotel, Vienna international totel, Toscana villa hotel and Elomaz hotel all in the Asaba the state capital.