Ruparelia Group which runs the Speke Group of Hotels is taking no chances on the safety of its employees and customers amidst a glaring global deadly pandemic, the coronavirus disease, trending as COVID-19.
The chairman of Ruparelia Group Dr. Sudhir Ruparelia has in an interview with CEO East Africa Magazine revealed that he will be closing down Speke Resort and Conference Centre and Munyonyo Commonwealth Resort on Friday and then Forest Cottages in Naguru and Dolphin Suites in Bugolobi.
"It is really bad. We have decided to close Speke Resort and the Commonwealth Resort. We will reopen once corona issue I sorted out. For the others like Kabira Country Club, only a small section will remain open," Sudhir told the CEO in a phone interview.
Under the Speke Group of Hotels, Ruparelia Group boasts of the largest and wealthiest chain of hotels, restaurants and apartments in the country. The group also owns Speke Hotel, Rock Bar & Grill, Speke Apartments Wampewo, Speke Apartments Kitante, La Cabana Restaurant, among others.
The businessman also revealed that about 3000 workers will at this moment lose their employment. Already, 1000 of the 3000 have been relieved of their duties and another 2000 will follow. Group employees 8000 workers in its hotels' chain.
Already, Ruparelia Group has felt the pangs of COVID19 after they were forced to close Kampala Parents School, Kampala International School Uganda and Victoria University following a presidential directive for the country to close all schools.
Many teachers, administrators, services providers were put out of employment until the situation normalizes.
COVID19 in Uganda
Uganda, as of 26th March 2020, had confirmed 14 cases with no death but a global death toll of more than 10, 000 people had been recorded. Many countries had issued travel bans to their citizens dealing a big blow to the global economy.
In Uganda, President Yoweri Museveni issued a directive that no passenger flight should be allowed in the country or to leave. He also issued a ban on public transport as the country slowly shuts down in an effort to combat COVID19.
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