GHRA surveying hotel and restaurant employees for vaccination

GHRA President Mary Rhodes (PNC file photo)

While the island’s tourism industry is scheduled to reopen in May, restaurant and hotel employees are still not included in the COVID-19 vaccination priority list.

In order to provide data to Public Health, the Guam Hotel and Restaurant Association has been tasked to get an employee census so vaccine clinics can be set up specifically for the tourism industry.

According to the American Hotel Lodging Association hotels are considered congregate settings as well as correctional facilities and short-term rental places.

The GHRA survey is specifically for employees of hotels, motels, short-term vacation rentals, restaurants, bars, taverns, and food trucks.

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GHRA President Mary Rhodes says employees working at the isolation facilities have already been vaccinated.

She says the goal is to now include all hotels, lodging services as well as the food and beverage industries.

In an interview with Patti Arroyo on Newstalk K57, Rhodes says that she wants to do community outreach and the vaccine census is not only for members of the GHRA.

“We are opening it to the entire community. We want all the restaurants, bars, and tavern owners to submit their data. We would love to have them join our virtual meeting next week because we are going to cover the update of when the vaccine clinics take place, where the prioritization of services would be, which hotels and restaurants would be on top of those along with airlines and other businesses that we really need to get ready for the reopening for tourism,” Rhodes said.

She added that an open public meeting will take place on Mar 18, Thursday from 10:30 am to 12 pm via zoom for those who are working in hotels, motels, and short-term vacation rentals.

And from 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm, a separate meeting will be held for employees of restaurants, bars, taverns, and food trucks.