A small step towards the entry into force of the three-day quarantine at the hotel for travelers returning to the country and awaiting a test result was taken yesterday.
The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) has unveiled its criteria for hoteliers, who have until February 10 to express their interest in welcoming such guests.
Interested establishments must, among other things, be within a radius of 10 kilometers from an international airport.
They must also be able to send meals “conforming to Canada’s food guide”, without contact to the rooms, and offer free access to a WiFi network.
The transport of travelers from the airport to their rooms will be provided by the hotels, which will also have to respect ventilation standards and a strict cleaning protocol.
“There is no impossible technical challenge in there,” explains Ève Paré, CEO of the Association des Hôtels du grand Montréal.
For the Quebec metropolis, a few thousand rooms are within a radius of 10 km from the airport, she assures us, divided between “12 or 15 hotels which are all 3 or 4 stars”.
In their registration request, hotels will indicate the number of rooms available to travelers, and whether it is, for example, a full floor.
“It’s the demand planning that will be a challenge,” explains Mme Ready. Hotels may have to rehire laid-off staff, but it’s hard to predict when you don’t know how many guests will be accommodated.
Not a lot of people
Christiane Germain, co-president of Germain Hotels, does not believe that the three-day quarantine on return from abroad will really affect ridership.
“There will not be crowds at the door,” says Christiane Germain, hotels of the same name. His company has a single facility within 10 km of an airport in Toronto and will be enrolled in PHAC’s program.
“They’re going to put the quarantine in effect once everyone returns home, so we don’t expect big volumes,” she says.
Indeed, since the announcement of the mandatory quarantine more than two weeks ago, carriers have canceled many popular routes with winter travelers.
Anyway, it is not the mandatory three-day quarantine that will allow the hotel sector to emerge from the doldrums in which it finds itself.
“Valentine’s Day is going to be far better for us than this measure could be,” says Christiane Germain, laughing.