The Jakarta Post
Thirty hotels in Jakarta are now ready to accommodate self-isolating asymptomatic coronavirus cases, the Indonesian Hotel and Restaurant Association (PHRI) has said.
PHRI Jakarta chapter chairman Krisnadi said that initially 27 hotels had proposed their facilities as quarantine centers, but seven of them withdrew from the program. Ten more hotels later joined, he said.
"Our update [on Saturday evening] shows that we already have 30 hotels with 3,996 available rooms in total,” Krisnadi said as quoted in an interview with Kompas TV on Sunday.
The government will rent the entire 30 buildings as self-isolation centers so that there will not be regular guests checking-in at the hotels, he said.
Among the criteria required for the hotels are that their rooms have to be equipped with en-suite bathrooms and proper air circulation, as well as windows that can be opened and closed.
“There will be a meeting room for the COVID-19 task force, as well as a place for the medical team since they will be staying at the hotels,” Krisnadi said.
“We’ll also provide parking lots that can accommodate ambulances, as well as the vehicles belonging to the task force members. We will also provide food that meets [health] standards,” he said.
Krisnadi added that hotel employees would continue to work at the hotels.
“Hotel employees will continue working in their respective roles as usual, but the hotels will be assisted by volunteers, medical teams and security staff too,” Krisnadi said.
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo previously said the government would provide more facilities to house asymptomatic COVID-19 patients or those with mild symptoms looking to self-isolate, as the number of infections continued to rise.
A number of one-star to three-star hotels and training centers will be transformed into self-isolation centers, the President said. (dpk)