The Riu Plaza Berlin in Germany and the Riu Plaza Guadalajara in Mexico will open today (May 25) and be the first two hotels in the chain to reopen after the total closure of all its establishments in March due to the crisis caused by the coronavirus.
The two hotels will become the first to apply the security protocols contained in the RIU Manual for the Post-COVID hotel, which “offers the maximum security guarantees and measures possible for clients and employees.” The four-star, 357-room Riu Plaza Berlin opened in 2015 in one of the most popular areas of the city, near embassies, prominent shopping areas and the historic centre. Its reopening will take place a few days after the celebration of Pentecost, an important holiday in Germany, as well as neighboring countries, and is a period when people usually take the advantage to travel.
The hotel Riu Plaza Guadalajara opened in 2011 in one of the best areas of the city, on López Mateos Avenue, a thoroughfare that connects with Expo Guadalajara, the industrial areas and the historic center.
The four-star hotel offers 550 rooms, plus a large conference centre with 16 rooms. Guadalajara is the capital of the state of Jalisco, as well as the second-most important city in Mexico. Its cultural heritage and active economic and social life attract thousands of visitors every year.
Employees of the Riu Plaza Guadalajara and the Riu Plaza Berlin will resume their work being the first RIU teams to apply the 17 protocols created by the chain in collaboration with the consulting firm Preverisk. They establish the “necessary security measures to offer maximum peace of mind to its customers and employees in this first phase of reopening.
These protocols go into the detail of the daily operation so that each employee knows how to act from the moment he gets to his job, when he performs his tasks and also finishes his daily tasks.”
RIU has created a specific training program to introduce the new safety, hygiene and performance protocols in all of its hotels with a view to the gradual reopening of its facilities.
“The measures are meticulous and strict, starting with limiting hotel occupancy to 50% or 60%, except for more restrictive legal regulations, to offer maximum peace of mind and security to both guests and employees, and will gradually loosen up as health authorities issue new regulations,” RIU says.
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