Action plan (hotels with 50+ rooms)
The administration / management of hotels with a capacity of more than 50 rooms are obliged to develop an action plan and individual protocols for each section of the establishment.
More specifically, the aim of the action plan is for the hotel to take measures to prevent and effectively manage suspected Covid-19 cases in order to limit the spread of the virus to staff and guests.
The action plan must comply with the recommendations of Greece’s public health organization – EODY and will be revised according to developments.
According to each action plan:
• hotel management must appoint a health coordinator to supervise that protocol is being followed and individual persons to supervise each hotel section (eg F&B, housekeeping).
• hotel staff must be trained to follow and execute on action plans
• all hotels will be required to have a doctor on call, who will act on the instructions of EODY for testing suspected cases of Covid-19. At the same time, through telemedicine, doctors will be able to monitor suspected cases.
Action plans will note which hotels have been accredited by certification bodies (optional) in terms of taking measures to prevent and treat coronavirus cases.
Operational plan for managing Covid-19 cases (all hotels)
All tourist accommodation establishments, regardless of size, are obliged to draw up an operational plan to be able to manage suspected Covid-19 cases, in accordance to the current instructions of EODY.
Each establishment must appoint a coordinator to supervise that the proper management of suspected coronavirus cases is being followed out.
EODY must be informed on the personal details of all coordinators and collaborating doctors.
• All staff members must be aware of how the Covid-19 virus is transmitted; be able to provide information to guests; be trained on practices for cleaning and disinfecting identified spots; follow hygiene rules to avoid transmitting the virus (frequent hand washing, avoiding handshakes, physical distancing, avoiding contact of hands with eyes, nose and mouth and respiratory hygiene)
• Every hotel must provide each staff member with personal protective equipment (masks, gloves)
• Staff are advised to stay home and seek medical attention if they experience symptoms related to the disease, notifying the hotel’s health coordinator.
• It is recommended that staff undergo thermal screening every morning.
• If a staff member comes in contact with a Covid-19 case, they must report it immediately to the hotel’s health coordinator and be excused from work.
Hotel log book
For public health protection, every hotel must keep an updated record of staff members and all guests staying at the hotel – name, nationality, date of arrival and departure, contact details (address, telephone, e-mail), so that communication is possible if a coronavirus case is identified at a later time.
The General Regulation on Personal Data Protection (GDPR) must be observed and all staff members and guests must be informed that their information will be kept on file for reasons of public health protection.
It is necessary to record and update all events that may occur in the log book.
• All hotels must inform their employees, guests, contractors, suppliers, visitors and the general public on the measures of their action plan.
• It is recommended for all hotels to update their websites with a dedicated Covid-19 section, which will include information on the their new policy of taking increased hygiene measures, changes in opening hours of common spaces and modification of check-in / check-out duration. Hotels may also provide this information with their available means (eg in public TVs, in room TVs, on signage in the hotel and printed information at reception).
Reception desk / concierge
• Staff members are obliged to follow the necessary hygiene measures (frequent hand washing), keep the appropriate distance (at least one meter from customers) and avoid handshakes.
• When requested, staff should be able to: a) inform guests on the hotel’s rules and the new measures taken to address incidents, b) provide useful information to health care providers regarding the locations of public and private hospitals, Covid-19 reference hospitals and pharmacies in the area and c) provide personal protective equipment (masks, gloves) when requested.
• It is recommended for hotels to provide information leaflets on basic health instructions translated into English, French and German. In addition, hotels can also provide useful coronavirus-information for guests through an application for mobile phones.
• Each hotel must have a medical kit available for the occurrence of an incident, which will include disposable gloves and masks, antiseptics, cleaning wipes, apron, long-sleeved robe, laser thermometer.
• Staff must be in the position to identify symptoms and report them directly to the health coordinator.
• Plexiglass windows can be placed at reception (optional).
• The reception desk must have an antiseptic for use by the customer (fixed or non-fixed devices)
• Frequent disinfection of reception desks is recommended.
• In order for all to maintain a distance of two meters from one another, the hotel should arrange the reception desk and furniture in public areas in such a way in order to keep the space open, add floor markings and properly manage queues in order to reduce waiting times.
• Queuing at reception during check-in / check-out must be avoided
• It is recommended to use electronic alternatives for check in-check out (eg mobile concierge, use of tablets that can be disinfected after each use).
• Credit or debit cards are recommended for payment of hotel costs (cash should be accepted in only exceptional cases). Bills, invoices and receipts are recommended to be sent by email.
• All key cards must be disinfected.
• Mandatory extension of duration of check-out and check-in times between stays (check out by 11am and check in from 3pm) so that rooms can be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected and aired out through natural ventilation.
• Non-hotel guests are prohibited from entering hotels.
Cleaning, disinfection, housekeeping (rooms and public areas)
• All hotels are obliged to follow enhanced disinfection and deep cleaning practices in accordance to EODY instructions. Special cleaning instructions for rooms are also provided for Covid-19 cases.
• All hotels must reinforce their sanitation services in all public areas and pay special attention to cleaning “high-frequency touch points” such as door handles and elevator knobs.
• Meticulous cleaning and very good room ventilation must take place between stays of guests.
• Guests with symptoms should be monitored (discretely).
• The frequent cleaning of rooms during the stay of guests should be avoided (this is for housekeeping staff to avoid coming in contact with possible cases and to prevent further transmission).
• The daily change of sheets, pillowcases and towels should be avoided and only carried out only upon the request of guests.
• It is recommended to remove immaterial objects (pillows, bedding) from all rooms.
• It is recommended to remove shared multi-purpose items such as menus, magazines, etc.
• TV and air conditioner controls should have disposable covers.
• Fabric surfaces (eg furniture upholstery) should be cleaned with a steam appliance.
• The doors and windows of all rooms should be opened daily for natural ventilation.
• Notification (on room doors or inside rooms) is recommended so guests are informed on when and how their rooms were cleaned.
• It is recommended to place individual antiseptic gels in each room.