Govt suggested to use hotels as quarantine facilities
May 29, 2020 09:38 PM NPT
KATHMANDU, May 29: The Quarantine Monitoring and Facilitation Committee has suggested to the government to use hotels to quarantine citizens returning from foreign countries.
Submitting a report to the government on Friday, the committee has suggested the government to utilize hotels, resorts, lodges and homestays across the countries to quarantine Nepali citizens returning to the country.
It has also suggested the government charge a certain amount to the returnees to stay in such quarantine facilities.
According to Minister for State for Urban Development, Ram Bir Manandhar, the hotel business has been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic. “If hotels are changed into quarantine facilities, it will give some much-needed respite to the industry. Also, foreign-returnees will get health security as per the guidelines of the government,” said Manandhar, adding that the decision will also secure jobs of hotel staffers.
Likewise, Nawaraj Pyakurel, under secretary at the Ministry for Urban Development, said that the committee has also suggested to the government to manage recreational activities, and provide quality internet service at the quarantine facilities.