Research has increasingly shown how important masks are to stop the spread of Covid-19 and it’s now illegal to be out in public without your mask on. However, for many people affordability is a big issue – and that’s why it’s really great to see the Marriott group stepping in to assist in the creation of masks.

The group made funding and 1000 bed sheets from their hotels available to Restore SA, a group they previously partnered with to create over 2300 school shirts that were donated to schools around the country in 2019. This time, Restore SA used the sheets to create reusable 4300 masks.

“Our hotels replace their bed linen on a regular basis, we have sought to uplift our surrounding communities by donating them towards learners in need of school uniforms. However, this project has been eclipsed by the need to keep vulnerable communities fed during the current environment. Despite lockdown regulations, Marriott International has found a way to support those who are at the front line of keeping our surrounding communities fed through our ongoing partnership with Restore SA,” says Heiden.

3300 masks have been donated to the community of Fiona Court, Heideveld in the Cape Flats along with members of the District 6 Working Committee (D6WC). “We are delighted to collaborate with the (D6WC) to keep their members safe, as they prepare and serve meals to up to 10 000 people in 10 communities across Cape Town.”

During the lockdown period, the District 6 Working Committee has driven charity efforts such as soup kitchens and youth development programmes in areas such as Hanover Park, Mitchells Plain, Manenberg and Retreat.

Back to Work

Over 50% of Marriott International properties in SA have now opened their doors, in locations that include Cape Town, Johannesburg, Roodepoort, Pretoria, Durban, Bloemfontein, Garden Route (Mossel Bay and George), Mahikeng, Nelspruit, Kimberley, Upington and Rustenburg.

Implemented health and safety protocols include, among others, implemented guidelines on chemicals and equipment to be used that are effective against viruses and increase the frequency of cleaning and disinfection at high-volume areas and regularly touched surfaces. Cleaning and disinfecting protocols are in place to sanitize rooms after guests depart and before the next guest arrives, and there is also an increased frequency of cleaning in the ‘Back of House’, where hotel associates work behind the scenes. In addition, measures have been introduced to minimize contact and reinforce social distancing and ongoing staff education is taking place.

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