The Sharjah Commerce and Tourism Development Authority (SCTDA) has implemented an emirate-wide awareness campaign designed to support local hotel establishments in preventing the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19).
The move falls in line with the nation’s continuing efforts to raise the level of precautionary and preventive measures against COVID-19, in response to recommendations from the World Health Organization (WHO). The SCTDA also confirmed that a series of inspections will be conducted across hotel establishments in the emirate to ensure compliance and adherence to set standards and methods to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The inspections will ensure that hygiene measures, disinfection and sterilisation are all completed in a correct manner. Hotels are also being advised on documentation of their sterilisation measures.
Chairman, SCTDA, HE Khalid Jasim Al Midfa elaborated: “We are dedicated to making the most pertinent decisions that ensure continuity and minimum disruption, while also minimising the risk of disease transmission in the UAE. The UAE remains in the lead when it comes to harnessing its energies and capabilities to face this global crisis with full efficiency, in line with the sense of responsibility rooted in the vision of our wise leadership, which calls on strengthening international and humanitarian solidarity to maintain security and stability.”
SCTDA is intensifying its efforts to direct all hotel establishments throughout the emirate to temporarily close a number of their amenities, including all spa facilities, gaming halls, fitness clubs, children’s clubs and massage centres. The hotel establishments have been directed to postpone and cancel reservations for celebrations, weddings, events and other gatherings until further notice. All hotel establishments will be inspected and monitored continuously by the authority’s inspectors to verify compliance with the instructions and preventive standards recently circulated throughout the UAE in the goal of preserving the interest of the safety of the community and visitors.
The Authority has also started to circulate awareness brochures online to all hotel establishments and its employees. These brochures include key information on how to avoid spreading the virus, in addition to the correct way to use hand sanitizer, and raising awareness of the nature of the virus, its symptoms and ways to prevent it.
In the interests of curtailing the emergence of COVID-19, SCTDA has, moreover, directed all Desert Tour operators to suspend desert tour and safari activities for a specified period of time.
The Authority remains dedicated to the UAE’s and the emirate of Sharjah’s directives in meeting and overcoming this global challenge with steady and consistent adherence, watching over the safety of residents and visitors.