The Sankara Nairobi Hotel has opened up its premises to customers nearly five months after temporarily suspending operations following a State directive issued in April that required hospitality providers to halt businesses in a bid to curb the spreading of Covid-19.
The directive forced the hotel to lay off nearly 150 staff members but according to Krishna Unni the hotel group’s General Manager, the inn, is hopeful of making a comeback after weathering the hard felt economic effects of Covid-19 that have stunted business.
“We have gone through the last few five months without operations but we are happy that we are now set to resume operations. It’s a story of great resilience,” said Mr. Unni in a statement.
To this effect, Mr. Unni further revealed that the hotel will resume operations by re-opening its Sarabi Rooftop restaurant and the Graze Steakhouse restaurant. The two restaurants will be operating from 8 am-8 pm and from noon to 8 pm respectively.
The two restaurants will be serviced by a team of 100 workers and the staff count will be kept lean in adherence to the World Health Organisation’s hygiene and sanitation guidelines that govern the operations of hotel and restaurant service providers during this pandemic.
The Group’s general Manager consequently insisted that the hotel will spend heavily on advanced cleaning equipment to deter the spreading of the coronavirus on its premises.
“The company is rolling out a multi-pronged platform to elevate its cleanliness standards and hospitality norms and behaviours to meet the new health and safety challenges presented by the current pandemic environment,” Mr. Unni commented.
Sankara is restarting operations after President Uhuru Kenyatta’s regime lifted restrictions on hotel operations, local and international travel, and curfew hours to begin at 9 pm. The morning to evening curfew and the ban on movement locally and internationally crippled the country’s tourism sector ever since the first case of Covid-19 was reported in Kenya.