Hospitality Highlights 9th April 2020
News curated by Virtual Solutions
WhatsApp have applied limitations on their service to stop the spread of misinformation during the coronavirus pandemic. The Facebook owned chat service has applied restrictions on bulk messaging, preventing messages from being forwarded to more than 5 chats at one time. The group has stated that since the start of the pandemic messages offering ‘health information’ have been spreading across the platform, with some of it not being accurate. The move is expected to curb this for safety reasons. Read more here.
The campaign ‘Meals from Marlow has raised over £100,000 for the NHS in 48 hours.
The idea was conceived by celebrity chef Tom Kerridge and aims to raise money for front line NHS staff by serving over 600 meals a day for the next six weeks. The team hope to increase this to over 1000 meals a day in the next few weeks. A target of £150,000 was set at the start if the campaign and is on course to be reached in the coming days. Read more here. You can also donate to the campaign here.
Best Western have turned their Rembrandt Hotel in Weymouth into a discharge hospital in an effort to support the NHS during the COVID-19 pandemic. The move has been made to help overflowing hospitals prioritise patients who are still at risk, allowing those who seemingly ‘out of the woods’ to convalesce but still remain under NHS observation. Best Western will be adding more hotels to this initiative on the 13th of April. The second site used as a makeshift hospital will be The Grange at Osborne. Read more here.
Hotel owners the Accor Group have confirmed they will be assigning over 60 million pounds worth of their 2019 dividend to support employees. The group have established a special fund called ‘All Heartiest’ which will allow effected employees facing financial difficulty something to fall back on. The fund is intended to be used by staff to pay for medical bills, insurance and any other concerns that arise from being furloughed during the coronavirus pandemic. Read more here.
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