It's now about 100 days since Park Inn by Radisson Hotel Kigali stopped operations to curb the spread of Covid-19. This left many workers jobless.
However, on Tuesday July 7, the hotel resumed work partially, only allowing meetings and events to be hosted at their premises in Kiyovu.
Bernard Theron, the General Manager of the hotel, notes that the hotel is trying to manage the property and get it revived in order to start re-employing their staff as they have been on unpaid suspension.
This is because the hotel has been closed for quite some time and hence no business, clients and services, which explains why there was no salary to cater for employees.
"We are therefore trying to save the situation through opening our conference venues, which are on the first floor for easy access by the clients," Theron states.
He explains that currently, the hotel is fortunate with four conference venues that accommodate 30 to forty people each, allowing social distancing, depending on the set up required.
The hotel management is looking at 30 percent of room capacity to follow safety guidelines by Rwanda Development Board(RDB) and the Ministry of Health.
Apart from conference meetings, the hotel is also open for other events like weddings, Gala dinners, birthday parties, among other occasions, as they have enough space to make their clients' functions memorable and successful.
"Indeed this hotel is a safe area to conduct any kind of meetings or events as they made us register our names, and locations while entering the main gate to trace us just in case of anything. Our cars weren't touched but carefully checked by security checking equipment. Our temperatures when measured to make sure that we were normal and we were asked to sanitize before entering the hotel. On reaching our conference venue, we registered our names again at the entrance before proceeding to our seats.
"The sitting arrangement enabled the one meter distance. Our food was packed separately for every individual just to avoid movements and physical contact that could occur while trying to move around, serving each other or holding the same serving equipment," says Carolyne Muteteli, a Senior Stakeholder and External Communications Officer at Rwanda Utilities Regulatory Authority (RURA), who attended the first meeting at the hotel since it opened.
Park Inn by Radisson Kigali says it is ready to operate when the airport opens.