Maison Privee co-founder Rami Shamaa [Credit: Victor Besa/The National]

Maison Privee introduces Covid-19 screenings for staff and contractors

UAE: Dubai-based hospitality provider Maison Privee has announced it will provide mandatory Covid-19 screenings for all employees and suppliers.

The measure, it claims, is a first for a hospitality provider in the region.

Rami Shamaa, Maison Privee co-founder and managing director, said: “The health and safety of guests is our number one priority. That’s why we are rolling out a screening program to ensure that staff who interact with guests are regularly tested for Covid-19.

“We will also extend this mandatory testing to contractors who carry out cleaning or maintenance work in any Maison Privee properties,” he added.

The company noted those working with them would be required to undergo testing via the covid-19 IgM Rapid Testing Kit. It is an immunographic essay for rapid, qualitative detection of Covid-19 antibodies taken from a finger prick.

Screenings will be used alongside many other precautionary measures for the business, including temperature checks, the use of PPE [personal protective equipment] and social distancing, all of which are designed to protect staff and guests.

Paul Mallee, co-founder and managing director of Maison Privee, said: “Having a suite of measures, including rapid Covid-19 diagnostics, to ensure the health and safety of employees and staff is a regional first and we are very proud that Maison Privee is taking the lead on this in our industry.”

The company’s additional measures to help contend with safety include a certification requirement for cleaning contractors from Dubai Municipality health and safety department. The company committed to full sanitation protocol of any major touch points in order to help guests feel secure in their properties.

Earlier this year, Maison Privee introduced a holiday home partnership with Archipelago, the largest private hotel group in Asia. The city of Abu Dhabi, in order to help allay concerns about a tourist downturn, suspended tourism and municipality fees for the rest of the calendar year.

For more information, visit the Maison Privee website here.

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