In the blink of an eye, it has been 13 months since I visited Nepal. Travelling was an old norm for me “back in the day” but it is such an invaluable activity these days, even for domestic travel, no thanks to COVID-19. We may seem to have won the war against the virus. However, there is surely no room for complacency, judging by some global cities forced to go under a second lockdown. It’s a situation we wish to avoid, so let’s take all the necessary precautions.
While we Malaysians are currently under the Recovery Movement Control Order (RMCO) phase, my friends in Nepal are also going through the same circumstances. I was in touch with a couple of Nepalese friends, whom I got to know during my epic trekking adventure last year. One of them, the proprietress of Peace Heaven Hotel & Lodge, my lodgings at Samagaun village, was stuck in Kathmandu for the longest months.
Meanwhile, I am delighted to note that one of my Kathmandu accommodation, Hotel Jay Suites, is back in business and have started to welcome guests, albeit with strict Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) in place, to control the transmission of the novel Coronavirus.
The new normal of wearing of N95 respirator masks and disposable gloves by staff, as well as practising ‘no contact’ rule between staff, guests and suppliers are being observed at Hotel Jay Suites. The physical distancing protocol in Nepal, following the advice of the World Health Organization (WHO) is also a minimum of one metre.
Doing their best to protect their surroundings from COVID-19 (the number of infections in Nepal is double that of Malaysia), regular cleaning and consistent sanitising are undertaken on common touch surfaces such as doors, door handles and lift buttons, among others. While staff practise regular hand washing to keep clean, hand sanitisers are placed in common areas for the use of guests.
To prepare themselves to handle these new normal challenges at work, the friendly Hotel Jay Suites staff have also been trained to manage the day-to-day operations of the hotel in a safe manner, to protect the wellbeing of everyone, so that guests are assured of a safe and virus-free environment during their stay. Health and safety are top priority at Hotel Jay Suites, as you can imagine.
Can’t wait for international borders to be open again, but for now, travel domestic to support local businesses. 2020 is Visit Nepal Year, after all. So, book and have an enjoyable stay at Hotel Jay Suites in Thamel, Kathmandu. Log on to hoteljaysuites.com or call +977-15900450, 9843622804 or 9851014889.
Read about my Hotel Jay Suites experience in this post, where I stayed for 3D/2N in June 2019.