Cyprus Mail

Coronavirus: Hotels being gradually emptied by March 21  

Hotels around the island are being gradually emptied after being told to suspend all services by March 21. 

The island’s two main hoteliers associations, the Cyprus Hotel Association (Pasyxe) and the Association of Cyprus Tourist Enterprises (Stek) said on Tuesday the speed of the process was moving according to the numbers in each unit. 

No problems have been reported, they said.  

Pasyxe Director General Zacharias Ioannides told CNA, said the evacuation was being carried out “in such a way so that customers staying in the hotels are not affected until their return to their countries of origin is arranged”. 

At the same time, the hotels must follow strict health ministry rules for safety and health of both the guests and hotel staff. 

Ioannides also said that hotel staff whose work has dried up for the foreseeable future, would receive unemployment benefit. 

Stek president Akis Vavlitis said everything was running smoothly but he expressed concern about what the situation might look like after May, “whether hotels will re-open or whether holiday bookings would start to pick up. 

“Everything will depend on developments in the countries where our tourists come from… UK, Germany, the Scandinavian countries and central Europe and in what state these countries’ economies will be,” he said. 


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