38 more hospitality establishments to comply with new COVID-19 guidelines

On 24 June 2021 at 08:17

The Government of Rwanda has updated the list of selected frequently visited hotels and restaurants required to comply with new health guidelines where staff and clients need to present negative COVID-19 test results.

The new guidelines for selected hospitality establishments in the City of Kigali were issued on 17th June 2021 to contain the upsurge in COVID-19 cases.

The previous list which featured 4 five-star hotels and 11 restaurants was revised yesterday.

Frequently visited hospitality establishments added to the new list include 29 restaurants and four-star hotels (9).

The nine hotels include; Residence Prima 2000 Apartment, Phoenix Apartments, Lemigo Hotel, Mille Collines Hotel, Park Inn by Radisson, Ubumwe Grande Hotel, Gorilla Golf Hotel, High Ground Villa Apartments and Grand Legacy Hotel .

Restaurants on the new list are; Java Restaurant, Riders Lounge, Pili Pili Restaurant, Sole Luna Restaurant, Brioche, Blackstone Restaurant, Bourbon Coffee, Select Boutique Restaurant, Bwok Restaurant, Choma’d Bar and Grill, Y&T Cocktail bar, Fuschia Remera, 360 Degrees Pizza, Camellia, Dolce and Century Park (Tung Chinese, Billy’s Bistro and Chillax Lounge), Heaven Holdings (Heaven & Fusion Restaurants), Hadassah Restaurant, Cactus, Zen, Chez Lando Restaurant, Chez Robert, The Fork, Khana Khazana, Coco bean Restaurant, Lavana, Sakae Japanese & Korean Restaurant and Mumbai Spice Kitchen.

Previously listed hotels include Kigali Marriott Hotel, Radisson Blu & Kigali Convention Center Hotel, Kigali Serena Hotel and The Retreat Hotel.

Restaurants are; The Retreat Restaurant, Choose Kigali Restaurant, Meza Malonga Restaurant, Brachetto Restaurant, Soy Restaurant, Nyurah Restaurant, Inka Steak House, The Hut Restaurant, Epicurien Restaurant, Poivre Noir Restaurant, Repub Lounge and Kury Kingdom Restaurant.

According to a joint statement signed yesterday by Rwanda Development Board (RDB) and the Ministry of Health, newly selected hospitality establishments are required to comply with these health guidelines effective from 25th June 2021.

As of newly established measures, all staff in selected hotels and restaurants and all clients visiting these establishments are required to present a negative COVID-19 test (PCR or Antigen rapid test).

Tests must be taken within 7 days for visiting clients and 14 days for staff while testing can be done at designated sites at own cost.

As per new guidelines, accredited private clinics with partner hotels may arrange on-site testing in an appropriate room available at the hotel.

Only trained medical personnel staff from accredited clinics will be allowed to conduct the tests and results that must be uploaded into the national health management information system.

All clients are required to present the results at the hotel, restaurant entrance to a designated staff who must scan the QR code on the clients’ certificate and access the RBC app to confirm authenticity. Clients may also be requested to present their identity cards for verification of test results.

All residents in hotels are required to submit a negative test result before checking in the hotel.

Issued guidelines indicate that selected hotels and restaurants will report status on staff testing to RDB and RBC every two weeks. They are also required to give notice of the exact number of people that can be hosted in various outlets and meeting rooms equivalent to 30% occupancy while clients who do not have a valid test result will be denied access to the hotel or restaurant.

The statement also reads that outdoor dining and events are encouraged where feasible as they present less risk for the spread of COVID-19 pandemic. Participants are however encouraged to continue adhering to COVID-19 preventive measures.

Other hotels and restaurants not mentioned on the list will be subject to randomized sample testing undertaken by RBC for both their clients and staff.

Mille Collines Hotel is among hospitality establishments required to comply with new health guidelines.