Beach Resorts as Quarantine Facilities for Returning OFWs
- by Clark Rosales
- June 25, 2020
How can beach resorts serve as quarantine facilities for returning OFWs?
- Isolated beds
- Improved room service
- Separate rooms for healthcare workers
- Daily scheduled cleaning
COVID-19 is undoubtedly affecting every Filipino in the country. Keeping this in mind, measures have been put in place to practice social distancing, avoid mass gatherings, and conduct the necessary hygiene techniques in order to keep everyone safe. However, there needs to be a consideration when it comes to maintaining the health of the returning OFWs. With inundated healthcare centers, it may just be appropriate to transform beach resorts as quarantine facilities for a temporary period.
The availability of the vacant rooms which have been unused and are constantly well-kept by the beach resort’s maintenance staff ensures that some OFWs can have a place to stay. They can’t really go home directly to their families as a safety precaution. There is also a mandated 14-day quarantine that the OFWs have to be subject to before they can navigate areas where restrictions have been eased and limited movement has been made possible. Continue reading to learn more.
One of the ways by which beach resorts can serve as temporary quarantine facilities for the returning migrant workers is that they are able to house a number of isolated beds.
These Filipinos need to undergo proper rest and care. While visiting the area’s healthcare centers may still be possible around this time, there may be a possibility that they cannot accommodate the OFWs. Keeping this in mind, the beach resort’s management should be able to understand the needs of a quarantine facility. They cannot simply use the rooms as is, rather they have to ensure that they are practicing proper spacing when it comes to the distances of each bed from another. For example, luxury suites can be used in accommodating more than one person, provided that the necessary architectural protections are accorded. This is so that person won’t be able to potentially infect other people in the room. Rooms that are built only for single-type occupancy, on the other hand, may only need little to no modifications in order to fit this purpose.
Improved room service
Another consideration in transforming these beach resorts is that there should be actions taken to improve the kind of room service. This does not merely refer to how efficient food is delivered to the door, or how other materials arrive at each room. Instead, this should also take into account how room service staff are well-equipped to roam around these spaces for their safety.
For example, staff who are responsible for the delivery of food should be able to wear the necessary personal protective equipment. Since they’re handling food, it’s imperative that they also wear a protective material, like gloves, as to avoid instances of contamination. Subsequently, when they’re retrieving the used utensils, dishes, or cutlery, OFWs would simply have to leave out these items at the food of the door, where a staff member can quickly have them cleaned.
Separate rooms for healthcare workers
Healthcare workers are at the heart of the fight against the COVID-19 virus. They’re working tirelessly day and night in simply attending to those who have been confirmed positive of the virus or those who are exhibiting symptoms and require medical attention as well.
If these workers were to be situated in modified beach resorts, they have to be accommodated in separate rooms. The reason for this is that they’re constantly exposing themselves to the OFWs themselves who need to be monitored by the former on a daily basis to ensure safety. Healthcare workers need to be able to have a room for themselves, if possible, where they can safely conduct sanitation procedures on their own. Furthermore, these rooms also serve as spaces where they can get all the rest they need before continuing about the day. As much as the OFWs require these amenities, beach resort owners should also do the same for these healthcare workers.
Daily schedule cleaning
Beach resort management should also ramp up their efforts with regard to cleaning each room that is utilized by both the health workers and the returning OFWs. Sanitation should be at the forefront of everyone’s mind during this time – cleaning rooms, high-contact surfaces, and common areas need to be done more robustly.
In scheduled cleanings, social distancing should still be maintained at all times. To give another example, when a cleaning staff enters the room of one of the OFWs, there has to be an assurance that both of them are leaving at least six feet of space between them. The management should also make it a habit that the cleaning staff would have the materials needed in order to replenish supplies of PPEs, hand wipes, face masks, hand sanitizers, alcohol, and disinfectants in each room which they clean. For maximum protection, it is suggested that isolation tents be set up in every room as well.
Beach resorts as quarantine facilities is not a ludicrous idea during this time. As mentioned before, hospitals and other healthcare centers are inundated with COVID-19 cases. They won’t be able to necessarily accommodate returning OFWs who need to undergo quarantine.
Through this modification of beach resorts, not only will these accommodation providers offer support to these OFWs, but they are also maximizing the use of their facilities especially in a time of unpredictability.