Hospitality Highlights 4th May 2020
News curated by Virtual Solutions
Staff working for WA hospitality will be given extra hygiene training to help combat coronavirus.
All WA Hospitality staff will undergo this mandatory training course before returning to work. The course includes basic health and safety, as well as specialist advice and methods to avoid spreading COVID-19. Read more about this story in detail here.
Best Western reveal how they are supporting their franchised locations.
The Australasian division of the company has revealed it has taken important steps such as cutting franchise fees in half and that senior staff have willingly taken a temporary pay cut to support their workers. Their Corporate Office has also been keeping in touch with each branch to see what can be done to support them individually. Read more here.
Microsoft founder Bill Gates has committed hundreds of millions in the fight against coronavirus.
The technology titan has set up a foundation to not only search for a vaccine, but to also look for treatments, testing methods and other ways to support businesses across the world. Gates himself has often spoken about the world being unprepared for a global pandemic and has had many of these plans in place since before COVID-19. Read more here.
The COVIDsafe app for smartphones sees a surge in support. The app which is available on Apple and Android, started out in Australia where it has been downloaded by 2 million people. It is intended to “hasten the easing of current restrictions and social distancing measures”. Although the safety of the personal data it holds, and the privacy of such data has been questioned by critics. Learn more about this story here.
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