In January of 2020, the Philippine government declared the first case of novel coronavirus or COVID-19 in the country. As we all know, COVID-19 is an infectious disease that can easily be transmitted from one person to another through small droplets caused by coughing or sneezing and by touching objects that have been contaminated. Due to the massive impact and severe consequences tied to this virus, The Astoria Group has immediately taken the necessary precautionary measures to ensure the safety of all its guests and employees.
Here is the list of how The Astoria Group is fighting the battle against this pandemic:
1.) Liquid soap and alcohol dispensers
According to a study published by The University of Iowa, 80% of illnesses are transmitted by unclean hands that have touched unsanitary surfaces. This rings true with COVID-19, as well. That’s why, aside from liquid soaps in restrooms, automatic sensor alcohol dispensers have also been placed in public areas of Astoria properties to lessen the possibility of contagion via contact.
2.) Thermal scanners
Aside from cough and colds, fever is one of the primary symptoms of COVID-19. Don’t be surprised if our security officers request to have your temperature checked. If you register below 38-degree Celsius, you will be allowed to enter the Astoria premises. However, if your temperature is 38-degree Celsius or above, you will be asked to go home and seek proper medical attention.
This applies to all employees as well, to make sure that everyone attending to our guests is in great shape.
3.) Medical-grade disinfecting solutions and cleaning procedures
The Housekeeping Department of each of the Astoria properties is thorough and disciplined in practicing regular sanitation procedures through utilizing medical-grade disinfecting solutions. Every 30 minutes, all public area surfaces such as elevator buttons and doorknobs are sanitized, and even vehicle tires and seats are disinfected before they can enter the Astoria premises.
4.) Advanced disinfecting and sanitation technology
Considering the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, The Astoria Group has heightened its hygiene protocols by utilizing industrial-grade ozonizing air purifier machines, UV light disinfecting machines, and special vacuums with UV sanitizing technology. Each equipment is used to ultimately eliminate the remaining bacteria and viruses.
5.) Social and physical distancing
Stay six feet apart to create a brand-new start! In compliance with the government’s protocols, our Fearless Frontliners implement strict social distancing rules. Face masks, acetate face shields, gloves, and medical gowns are also provided to our high-risk staff for safety purposes.
This list proves that The Astoria Group continuously strives to keep its guests and members safe from harm.
There is still a long way to go to overcome this pandemic, but we believe that with solidarity and compassion, in time, we will win against COVID-19.