STANDARD OPERATING PROCEDURE (SOPs) AND GUIDELINES FOR TOURISM INDUSTRY IN PAKISTAN IN THE COVID-19 ERA
The outbreak of the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) has brought about unprecedented challenges on multiple fronts. Travel and tourism, being one of the largest industries in the world today are also exposed to unique challenges and in a fight for their survival. The sector is likely to suffer for a prolonged period due to severe ripple effects, impacting tourism on several levels across the value chain and may have the longest estimated degree of impact in terms of duration. Pakistan’s tourism industry, like other parts of the world, is also bearing the brunt of the crisis. However, with ease in lockdown, the situation will improve and business will re-open but the condition will for sure not remain the same. Therefore, all players of the Industry must take precautionary measures and follow guidelines to address the issue of health, hygiene, and safety.
Several countries have demonstrated that COVID-19 transmission from one person to another can be slowed or stopped if effective measures are adopted as Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs). This document/Standard operating procedures (SOPs) and Guidelines are developed, keeping in view the international best practices, inspirations from the “WHO Operational Considerations for COVID-19 Management in The Accommodation Sector” (March 2020) and modified as per local dynamics, with an object to mitigate adverse health hazards and impact on all players such as hotels, tour operators, travel agents, transport companies and similar establishments. In addition, the document will help any authority involved in public health to respond to a public health event in hotels/ tourism accommodation establishments and related services.
HEALTH AND SAFETY GUIDELINES
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