One of Ghana’s leading players in the Hospitality industry, Kempinski Hotel Gold Coast City, Accra, has announced a partnership with the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection to provide meals for those in need.
The project is expected to run for the next 14 days (2 weeks), a gesture the Hotel suggested, is their own way of supporting the community.
Government, through the Gender Ministry, disclosed that it will provide free meals to Kayaayei and the needy who are adversely affected in this period of the lockdown.
An estimated 15, 000 people were expected to benefit at the start of the programme, even though the Ministry and partner agencies have, subsequently, hinted that the beneficiaries far exceed the initial target.
In a Facebook post, Kempinski Hotel wrote: “In partnership with the Honourable Minister of Gender, Cynthia Morrison, we are running a 14-day soup kitchen to provide food to support those in the greatest need at this time. Let’s support our community in every way we can 🙏🏾”
The distribution of food and other items to the less privileged in the communities forms part of efforts by the government to lessen the impact of the Coronavirus pandemic in the country on such populations.
Businesses and households, in general, have been severely hit as some workers have lost their jobs, companies have had to suspend operations for weeks and families survive with limited access to food and other items.
Despite being hit by the outbreak of the virus in the country, Kempinski Hotel, last week, stated that they have not been forced to close down or retrench their staff.
The release by the Hotel was to clarify reports, triggered by comments of Finance Minister, Ken Ofori-Atta that the hotel had to lay off almost 80% of their staff due to the biting impact of COVID-19.
“Hotel Management wishes to clarify that the Hotel has no plans to close down or retrench any of its staff at the moment. We observe and follow the strict guidance and recommendations by the national and local authorities and we have put in place significant measures to ensure smooth business continuity. The well-being of our guests and staff remain our utmost priority,” the notice insisted.
Government has announced several relief measures to cushion households and businesses for the next three months.
These include setting up a soft loan mechanism where businesses, after the pandemic, can request for funds with a 2-year repayment structure, absorption of water bills for the next three months, airing of virtual academic tutorials for students, among others.
To protect citizens, it has also urged people to adhere to some health and safety measures, closed the country’s borders, placed a ban on social gatherings and imposed a two-week restriction on movement.
The country has so far confirmed 287 cases of COVID-19, reported 3 recoveries, 49 persons undergoing final tests to confirm recovery and 5 deaths.
The rest are receiving treatment.