OUR COMMITMENT TO SAFETY, CLEANLINESS AND WELL-BEING
Sunway Hotels & Resorts in Malaysia, Cambodia and Vietnam has implemented “new norms” best practices and policies in all Sunway Hotels to enhance its hygiene practices and protocols in light of combating COVID-19 pandemic. This initiative includes the Sunway Safe Stay programme, which incorporates five (5) pillars of safety and hygiene comprising of almost 30 protocols of heightened cleaning practices, assurance and well-being standards.
We have always prioritised a stringent cleaning protocol at all our hotels to help ensure the comfort of our guests and colleagues. Whilst we are aware that the way people will choose to travel henceforth has changed, for us, the fundamentals of a safe and protected stay will not. This initiative includes the practice of highly visible and more frequent cleaning measures and different methods to food and beverage all reinforced by our new Sunway Stay Safe commitment which ultimately focuses on the holistic experience of our guests with a special emphasis on their well-being.
These protocols were already in place on the onset of the outbreak in early January 2020 and will be continuously practised throughout all Sunway properties, adhering to the new standards and SOPs issued by the Ministry of Health and World Health Organisation.
The programme builds on Sunway’s existing protocols and includes staff training and the formation of an advisory committee comprising of medical experts from Sunway Medical Centre and industry professionals. In addition, every Sunway Hotels & Resorts have at least one person on property trained as a hygiene / safety manager adhering to new operational guidance and protocols.
The “Sunway Safe Stay” programme focuses on heightened hotel cleaning practices, social interactions and workplace protocols which pertain to preventing the spread of the COVID-19 virus and reassuring guests and hotel employees that all spaces within the hotel is safe. Amongst the best practices and protocols that was developed over the last several months and will continue to be applied are:
PILLAR 1: GUEST CONTACT
1) Guests are strongly encouraged to wear their own face masks at all times when they are in the hotel’s indoor premises (i.e. main lobby, restaurants, all indoor public areas and function rooms).
2) Contactless handheld thermometer to be used to screen guest temperature at all hotel entrances, including the main lobby, food and beverage outlets and meeting venues.
3) Guests are required to follow the guidelines implemented by the respective local government on contact-tracing and/or self-declaration.
4) Physical distancing will be observed at all times and floor markers will be present at queuing areas, including at the front desk, concierge and/or cashier counters. In addition, furniture in public areas around the hotel has been rearranged to maintain physical distancing rules.
5) Partitions and/or physical distancing arrangements are placed at the hotel’s front desk to provide an added level of precaution and comfort for guests and staff.
6) Guests are encouraged to use the hotel’s contactless services which includes express check-out to facilitate ease of departure and/or also e-wallet payments where available at the front desk and food and beverage outlets.
7) All hotel employee front liners are required to wear protective masks; housekeeping staff and those who are handling luggage delivery and food and beverage will be required to wear disposal gloves.
8) In the elevators, safety instructions, including the number of guests allowed at one time, are placed inside the elevators. The elevator floor has been clearly marked with directions, so that guests do not face each other and maintain proper physical distancing.
9) Depending on availability, guests can opt to order room service from the food and beverage outlets located at respective hotels which will be specially packed in a single-use container with cutleries and delivered right to their door for hygiene and safety purposes.
10) Hotel concierge can assist in arranging private transportation for guests if they prefer not to use public transportation when moving around the city. Valet service is available but for self-park service only. All complimentary hotel shuttle services have been temporarily suspended.
Other safety and security measures in place by Sunway Hotels & Resorts include (but not limited to):
PILLAR 2: HYGIENE PROTOCOLS
1) Hotel team members continue to receive daily briefings and enhanced operating protocols on the latest guidelines and guidance on hygiene and cleaning.
2) Increased daily frequency of cleaning at all public areas with a focus on high-touch point areas located at the lobbies, counters at the front desk, elevators (including elevator buttons), door handles, handrails, public bathrooms, hotel guests’ vehicles with the use of medical-grade disinfectants. Increased placement of anti-bacterial hand sanitisers for all guests and colleagues to use frequently.
3) Establishment of sanitising stations throughout the hotel for guest convenience at entrance, reception, public areas and elevators.
4) Sanitisation of guest luggage with medical grade disinfectants upon arrival at the lobby entrance.
5) All guest rooms will go through a stringent deep-cleaning and sanitisation process that includes 10 high-touch point hygiene protocol on surfaces such as switches and electrical controls, door handles and knob, bathroom surfaces, telephone and remote controls, bed and bedding, bath amenities, hard surfaces, closet items, food & beverage cutlery and thermostats. Thereafter, a notification will be placed at the room door to indicate that proper cleaning and sanitising has been undertaken. Guest room key cards will be disinfected before and after usage.
6) The removal of items such as decorative pillows, bed runners, paper notepads, pens and guest directory. These items including robes and room slippers can be supplied upon request.
7) Guests have the option to not allow any hotel employees to enter their room during their stay for their own peace of mind. Daily housekeeping services has been modified, including the usual daily cleaning service unless specifically requested by guests.
8) All leisure facilities within the hotel remain closed until further notice; unless otherwise indicated. Hotel’s fitness centre and swimming pool will be operating under the new normal SOPs and Sunway Safe Stay protocol.
9) Health and hygiene reminders will be placed throughout the hotel including the guest rooms. The reminders will also include the proper way to wear, handle and dispose of masks.
PILLAR 3: FOOD SAFETY & EVENTS
1) Continue to adjust food and beverage services in accordance with current food safety recommendations. Kitchen staff continue to wear gloves and masks at all times when working or preparing food; in accordance with the stringent Food Safety Management System (FSMS) policy. Sterilisation of all chinaware, glassware and cutlery using high temperature washing equipment.
2) Strongly advise event organisers (EOs) to take necessary precautions when organising events at the hotel. To reduce the risk of community transmission, with the assistance of the hotel’s safety and security personnel, EO will be required to carry out temperature screening, be vigilant for participants with respiratory symptoms such as cough or runny nose, and deny entry for unwell individuals, remind participants not to attend if they have recent travel history to affected countries and maintain a registration list of attendees. In addition to adhering to the guidelines set-forth by the local Ministry of Health, each hotel have also designed meeting packages that observes these guidelines which includes physical distancing measurements and set-up requirements.
PILLAR 4: CANCELLATION POLICY
1) In response to the changing market conditions and travel restrictions, Sunway Hotels & Resorts will accommodate guests who wish to change or cancel their reservations, and waive cancellation fees for hotel bookings. This applies, until further notification, to reservations made now or for any future arrival date, which can be changed or cancelled at no charge. Please note that any changes to existing reservations will be subject to availability and any rate differences.
2) Guests who booked via online travel agents or other third-party travel professionals are advised to contact their booking provider for information on their policies.
PILLAR 5: WORKPLACE SAFETY PROTOCOL
1) In the spaces where colleagues work “behind the scenes”, we have increased the daily frequency of cleaning and focusing on high-touch point areas including staff entrances, locker rooms, laundry rooms, staff restaurants and offices.
2) Placement of notices and information related to COVID-19 reminding hotel team members on strict personal hygiene.
3) Physical distancing to be observed at all times with floor markers present and seating arrangements one-metre apart at staff restaurants and other related areas.
4) Sunway Hotels & Resorts’ provides each of our hotels real-time information and support through Sunway Group’s Crisis Management Response and Recovery (CMRR) Team, providing round-the-clock assistance and are on stand-by and prepared to act swiftly should there be a case at one of our hotels.
5) When alerted to a case of COVID-19 at one of our hotels, together with the Sunway Group’s Crisis Management Response and Recovery (CMRR) Team, we will immediately activate the relevant protocols and work in tandem with the local health authorities to obtain the facts and guidance on steps to take with both guests and staff. We will undertake additional deep cleaning and disinfection across all common areas of the hotel as well as known areas where the said guest has been during their stay. In addition, the hotel will seal the said guest’s room (e.g., preventing entry by staff or others) and undertake a room recovery protocol that is designed to sanitise and disinfect everything in the room including sanitising the air.
6) Strict rules and guidelines have been enforced for all hotel team members who may have returned from travelling overseas to be quarantined at home for 14 days for self-assessment.
7) Contactless handheld thermometers to be used to screen all team members’ body temperature at the designated staff entrances on a daily basis. Temperature checks and declaration forms which includes latest COVID-19 test results are also in practice for all hotel vendors and contractors before entering the hotel premises.
COVID-19 has profoundly changed the way we live and when travel resumes, we want to make sure that all Sunway Hotels & Resorts guests feel confident that each facet of our commitment is designed with their safety and well-being in mind. We have intensified these measures and will continue to do so at all our properties to ensure that you can experience an elevated level of protection, assurance and comfort.
Should you require any assistance or have further enquiries, please do not hesitate to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We would like to thank you for putting your trust in us. We look forward to welcoming you back.
We will continue to update this page with the latest information. This page was last updated on 4 January 2021.