Meetings & Events Australia last week met with the Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment, Simon Birmingham, along with Austrade and tourism industry leaders to discuss the government’s response to the coronavirus outbreak.
Birmingham advised that all departments and agencies across the government are working together to ensure that the general public is well informed, and it is taking a cautionary approach based on the latest medical advice.
The chief medical officer for the federal Government, Professor Brendan Murphy, has issued some early advice and guidance for tourism operators on managing concerns over the coronavirus. The advice includes:
- Guests who are well but may be incubating the virus should isolate themselves in their hotel rooms. As an added precaution, isolation should be for 14 days.
- Practical information for your staff on engaging with guests who are well, but are in isolation.
- The importance of guests in isolation seeking medical advice if they become ill.
- Accessing further information on this emerging situation at www.health.gov.au.
The Department of Health has developed two fact sheets – one for hotel management and staff and the other for hotel guests – which can be accessed here.