Only 10 pct of hotels reopen after lifting of restrictions

IGHP's General Secretary Marcin Maczyński told PAP that at the beginning of May, only 10 percent of establishments reopened, where food services operated in the 'room service' and 'take-out' systems. Darek Delmanowicz/PAP

Ten percent of hotels in Poland reopened after a loosening of restrictions in the hospitality sector on May 4, said the Chamber of Commerce of the Polish Hotel Industry (IGHP) on Saturday.

On May 4, the Polish government introduced the next stage of lifting of restrictions which were introduced during the coronavirus epidemic and concerned, among other measures, the opening of hotels and private accommodation.

IGHP's General Secretary Marcin Mączyński told PAP that at the beginning of May, only 10 percent of establishments reopened, where food services operated in the 'room service' and 'take-out' systems.

Mączyński explained that, on one hand, the matter concerned meeting strict sanitary and epidemiological conditions and, on the other hand, that nothing else could be operating - the restaurant and bar, conference rooms, playrooms, swimming pools or spa could not be open, he said.

In his opinion, these conditions did not encourange the hotels owners to open their facilities.

He added that at the end of May, when the third stage of the reopening of the economy will be implemented, another 20-30 percent of hotels may be opened.

The third stage of lifting of restrictions foresees permission for restaurants to operate only under special terms and conditions.