By Chris Kidd • 03 October 2020 • 12:31
Spain’s Room Mate hotel chain is testing a new scheme that will see guests tested for COVID-19 on arrival.
The chain of boutique hotels will be the first hotel chain to offer testing as part of the guest experience.
Hotel guests will be either tested on arrival to the hotel or can opt to take an antigen test at one of 100 health clinics across Spain that are run by Quirón, who are partners with Room Mate in this scheme.
An app will then be used to track any symptoms that the guest may experience during their staff with long stay guests and all hotel staff being tested routinely every three days.
The antigen test that is being used by the chain will see results given in just 15minutes which is exceptionally short in comparison to the 48hours that it takes to receive results from the UK Governments PCR tests.
The testing programme for the chain will initially be launched in four hotels across Spain and then, if successful, will be rolled out to all hotels within the chains group. The initial four pilot hotels are located in Madrid, Barcelona, Málaga and Granada.
The hotel chain’s Chief Executive, Kike Sarasola, said, “Right now, our priority is health. My employees will have the comfort of knowing they are working a safe environment, as will our clients.”
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