As Israel decides to reopen its gates to tourists, the country’s Ministries of Tourism and Health have come up with a new set of protocols to be followed. All hotels across the country must adopt this new Standard Operating Procedure, also known as ‘Purple Standard’. As of now, no date has been fixed for reopening tourism but hotels across the country are taking various steps towards implementing the new standards that have been specified. Some key measures under the Purple Standard include the following:
Prior to their reopening, all hotels must adhere to protocols to clean the hotel water system and disinfect the building. There will also be regular temperature checks for anyone in the hotel, including all staff and visitors. This will also include off-site supplier entry which will largely be restricted.
A transparent partition will be installed at the reception to ensure distancing. Dan hotels have also introduced an app that will help visitors with all kinds of bookings and payments so that they can go contactless. Prima Hotels have decided to install indicators that will help implement social distancing.
Kitchen and dining facilities will only be restarted if they have met the guidelines, which require a change in seating arrangement to ensure social distancing and the compulsory wearing of masks and gloves. Dining hours will be made longer in order to avoid crowding. In order to ensure social distancing, for example, Brown Hotels have decided to serve breakfast in individual branded trays and boxes.
Each room will undergo a proper sanitisation before a new guest checks in. Isrotel has committed to training its staff so that they wear gloves at all times and change gloves before entering a new room. If any guest is found to have been exposed to the virus, that room shall remain locked for seven days and undergo a sanitization overseen by an external specialist.
All guests wanting to use the spa will have to take a temperature check and fill out a health questionnaire. Therapists and staff at the spa will be required to wear gloves all the time and before a new guest arrives for treatment, the room shall be disinfected.
Outdoor meetings are permitted provided they maintain a 50 person limit. Effendi Hotel, for instance has decided to allow small weddings on the property with a 50-person guest limit. For indoor activities, the limit is reduced to eight all present should be wearing face masks.
Apart from all this, all hotels have upgraded the quality of their sanitation and disinfecting products and will even have personal branded sanitisers available for use by the guests. Furthermore, thorough checks will be conducted on a regular basis in order to ensure compliance with the Purple Standard.