The decision by the government to reopen hotels and restaurants, which have been closed for more than a month, comes as welcome news for the hotel industry.
The industry, like many others, has suffered huge losses as a result of stringent measures imposed by the government in a bid to contain the spread of Covid-19. Inevitably, thousands of hospitality workers have lost their jobs due to hotel closures.
But their fortunes are on the cusp of changing if they and their employers meet the tough conditions set by the government to reopen their premises.
Among others, employees are supposed to be tested and only those found free of the coronavirus disease will be allowed to work; restaurants must limit the number of diners to four for every 10 square metres; and they must have a contact-free thermometer to test any customer entering their premises. These are good measures and may even help the government track infections in various parts of the country.
But measures are only good if people agree to follow them. The reopening of hotels must not lead to a spike in infections. This will not happen if the owners of these businesses agree to adhere to the laid-down regulations. They must not, for instance, admit more than the agreed number of clients into their premises.
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But there are those who will take advantage of the reopening to fill their hotels to the rafters with customers to reap maximum benefits. To expect all Kenyans to behave well, as the Health CS has been admonishing, may be asking too much. Fortunately, in recent weeks, we have proven we can police ourselves. This is not the time to drop the ball; let's ensure we follow public health guidelines for the greater good of the country.