Though hotels remain open during the COVID-19 outbreak, they have very low occupancy
Translated by Thomas Ansell
The Eurohotel in Leeuwarden is making rooms available for all health workers that need rest during the Coronavirus outbreak, and are not requesting any payment for the rooms. In the South of the Netherlands, hotels are also making rooms available for healthcare personnel. As reported by the Omrop Fyrslân.
It was the staff at the Eurohotel that brought the idea forward to owner Jochen van der Schoot. Since Doctors, Nurses, and other staff are working under immense pressure at the moment, and should they need some peace and quiet they can access the hotel.
Since new rules and guidance have been brought in by the Dutch government, lots of hotel rooms lay empty, despite staff being required to work. Van der Schoot himself has said that the free stays at his hotel are a way to ‘give something back to society’. The hotel remains open for those that cannot leave Leeuwarden, too. Van der Schoot said that contact has been taken up with both the MCL hospital in Leeuwarden and the Antoniusziekenhuis in Sneek.
The hotel owner is not especially scared about the risk of infection from any incoming care workers, because the Eurohotel has stood open for guests (including from the South) until now. Naturally, the hotel will be holding to all of the various guidance published by the RIVM.