The Aklan Provincial Government closed Hue Hotels and Resorts Boracay for two days after one of its staff tested positive for COVID-19.
Based on the memorandum issued by Aklan Governor Florencio Miraflores, the operation of Hue Hotels on the island will be closed from January 31 to February 1.
This is the second hotel in Boracay to be temporarily closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The first is the Shangri-la Hotel Boracay Resort & Spa which was closed five days after 15 employees had COVID-19.
The management of Hue Hotels announced that they are in contact with the Municipal Health Office of Malay, Aklan for the safety of its employees.
Sheryl Cham, who is the general manager of Hue Hotels and Resorts Boracay, confirmed in a statement given to GMA News that one of their employees tested positive for COVID-19. He is said to be asymptomatic and has been taken to a quarantine facility in Kalibo.
“We are closely in touch with our employee to ensure that his needs and well-being are taken care of,” said Cham.
According to Cham, the hotel immediately carried out contact tracing. It is also said that none of the guests are among the close contacts of the said employee or are at high-risk for COVID-19.
Hue Hotel in Boracay closed for 2 days after staff tested positive for COVID-19
An employee who became close contact with the patient was subjected to COVID-19 testing and was negative for coronavirus. Despite this result, he also underwent a 14-day quarantine.
“We conducted enhanced cleaning and disinfection of all common areas, offices, bathrooms, and shared equipment, focusing on frequently touched objects and surfaces. This was done over and above the regular cleaning and disinfection procedures we undertake,” said Cham.
“We remain committed to ensure the safety of all our guests and employees by adhering to the hotel’s health and safety protocols as well as the measures instituted by the LGU [local government unit] and DOT [Department of Tourism],” Cham added.
There were 613 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Aklan as of January 31.