Hotel workers in Sauhara demands vaccination before starting work

20th Jul, 2021 | Tourism Mail Crew

CHITWAN, July 20: Hotel workers in Sauraha, which was partially reopened three months later, have demanded corona vaccination before starting work. There are about 2,500 workers in the hotels in those areas.

Most of the hotels have come into operation after the District Administration Office relaxed the ban and allowed only 33 percent of the capacity to accommodate guests since July. There are only a few workers in the hotel. Deepak Bhattarai, President of the Regional Hotel Association Sauraha, said that the workers refused to work without vaccination

According to him, 60-65 guests have started coming there daily. The hotel has been doing only general management for those guests. The hotel is being run by a small number of workers. There is a demand for vaccination for both the workers and those living at home. According to him, an application has been submitted to the district administration office to vaccinate the workers.

He informed that 600 workers have been requested to be vaccinated in the first phase after the local administration asked them to demand vaccination only for the few workers as it will be partially operational. He said, "It is very safe to vaccinate those who work in the front line."

Suman Ghimire, the Outgoing President of the association, said that it would be difficult to employ the workers directly working with the guests without vaccination. He said that the operation of the hotel would be easier if vaccination could be given in the first phase on the basis of priority.

Stating that there were guests in five rooms at his hotel Jungle Safari Lodge only on Sunday, he said that it would be safe to vaccinate those who work directly with those guests.

General Secretary of the association Gunaraj Thapaliya said that the hotel has started operating and the workers should be vaccinated to make them safe. He said, "We have brought the hotel into operation by adopting the health standards to avoid Covid-19." The hotel had to be run by securing the workers. '

The association has written a letter to the Chief Minister, Minister for Social Development and Chief District Officer of Bagmati asking them to make arrangements for vaccination.