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New Normal Features Hotel Sogo

As we near lifting of ECQ this month, perhaps the biggest question travelers have is, "How safe is my hotel room?" And while we are still waiting for tourism activities to resume, one hotel chain has already stepped up to the challenge. Local chain Hotel Sogo is proud to announce its full-proof plans to keep its properties safe and ready for the 'New Normal'. Here's the 411 on their safety and hygienic plans for all their locations.

Hotel Sogo, the leading hotel chain in the Philippines is now ready to leap into the new normal. This is part of its So Clean, So Good, So Safe campaign under the Sogo Safe Program. It aims not only to secure the safety of its employees, but also of its guests as well.

Backgrounder: Sogo Safe Program

From each hotel entrance, to rooms, to common areas, Hotel Sogo's Safe Program has its guests fully covered. This means:
  • Hotel Sogo continuously implements precautionary measures such as temperature checking upon entering the hotel, placement of alcohol and hand sanitizers in common areas and information dissemination on COVID-19 since December 2019.
  • Enhanced cleaning and sanitation are also been applied in all its branches.

Corporate Social Responsibility (Sogo Cares Program)

It's no secret that the group really stepped up to the challenge amidst the Covid-19 pandemic here in the Philippines. In fact:
  • Hotel Sogo is the first to provide free room accommodations that served as temporary shelter to healthcare workers and frontliners
  • A total of P80-million worth of donation or more than 800 room accommodations were given to healthcare workers, OFWs, and seafarers repatriates for free
  • This is in coordination with 10 city mayors and 31 hospitals in the country

So what exactly does 'New Normal' mean for all Hotel Sogo locations?
  • At The Hotel

  1. Uniforms of hotel staff are redesigned to incorporate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
  2. Temperature screening and disinfection mats upon entering the hotel
  3. Social distancing in front desk
  4. Installation of protective acrylic glass panel in front desk
  5. Social distancing with markers and limit of persons in elevators
  6. Hand Sanitizers in common areas
  7. Contactless hotel features (doors and elevators)
  8. UVC light treatment is also modified in elevator consoles, door handles,  keycard cases, cash register and food preparation
  9. Use of UVC disinfection light array cart in cleaning and disinfection of rooms and bathrooms. Studies show that the use of UVC, with wavelengths between 200 and 270 nanometre (nm), can kill microbes, germs, bacteria and viruses. This has been adopted since use of UVC is done in recent years and is also used in disinfecting hospitals as UVC kills pathogens and microorganisms.
  10. Constant disinfection in all amenities is also implemented
  11. No-contact facilities from lobby doors to toilet fixtures thru installing foot door opener and foot-controlled dispenser.
  12. Hotel Sogo has created newly designed giveaways for the guests such as no contact keys and sanitizers. No-contact key serves as a tool in touching common objects like door handles, elevator buttons, and ATMs.
  13. Hotel Sogo Mobile app is also up for contact tracing.
  • At The Corporate Office

  1. Temperature checks upon entering the office.
  2. Hand sanitizers in common areas.
  3. Limit to number of people using the elevator.
  4. Social distancing in workplace and in crowded areas like canteen.
  5. Provision of multivitamins to employees.
Personally, I'm happy that companies like Sogo have taken Covid-19 matters seriously. Not only by providing shelters for our frontliners. But also by being forward looking in their New Normal operations, both for their guests and employees. Hope this kind of proactiveness spreads and will be replicated throughout the tourism industry.
For more information, you may visit the Hotel Sogo chain website. Or follow them on their social media channels: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Youtube.
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