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Mar 20, 2020

How Can G.O.B. Assist Hotels and Employees?

Ted Tejada

According to Tejada, the Belize Hotel Association is working with the COVID-19 National Oversight Committee to mitigate the effects of the deadly disease. A survey is being carried out and the data collected will be passed to the government which in turn will provide assistance to hoteliers.


Ted Tejada, President, Belize Hotels Association

“They have asked us to collect what is the magnitude of employees that the hotel section employs. So at this moment we have a group and I will be showing you we have members of the Belize Hotel Association that are physically calling every owner of the hotel in Belize. We are asking questions like are you open for business. Two, how many employees do you employ. And we are asking them to at least maintain these employees to be at eight hours per week to be employed at your facility because if you do not have these employees working eight hours minimum per week what that does is that they are not entitled to any benefits with Social Security. We are encouraged and because the government has stepped in and says we will be helping you with a percentage of their salary. What we do is that we use these employees to do work at the hotel. We still have preventative maintenance, deep cleaning programs. The beaches need to be cleaned.  Utilize the time and training, we need to take this opportunity and train our employees how to rebound back from this crisis.”

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