Serena Hotels has bowed to COVID-19 pressure, putting all staff on indefinite unpaid leave starting June 1, 2020.
The hotel’s management in a memo sent May 28th 2020 informed its staff that they will proceed on leave without pay from Monday until further notice.
The restaurant will not reopen in June as it had said earlier but affirmed, it will continues to monitor the situation as it unfolds.
Flat rate allowance
Staff will only receive a flat rate allowance of Sh10,000 for the month of June.
“Where staff are needed on a rotational basis to keep the property serviced, the staff shall be paid according to the number of days worked,” said Serena Hotels Managing Director, Mahmud Jan Mohamed in the memo.
The hotel management said it will continue to provide for medical services to its staff within the existing providers.
Serena is the latest hotel hardest hit by the deadly bug. On Thursday, Fairmont Norfolk closed its operations citing a similar reason.
As the two foreign owned hotels shuts down operations, home-grown PrideInn hotel chain is gearing to open up its doors to locals.
Serena however is not just giving in yet. It is banking on minimal activities to stay afloat.
The hotel said essential staff members required to be on duty on a regular basis will be paid 30 per cent of their salary for the month of June.