Belair Beach Hotel gets SafeSeal recognition

Belair Beach Hotel gets  SafeSeal recognition

Belair Hotel recently received a SafeSeal recognition.

LITTLE BAY--Belair Beach Hotel received a Platinum SafeSeal recognition on Friday, December 18, for best practices in protecting its customers against COVID-19.

  The hotel said it is “proud to be a part of this progressive movement to ensure a safe working and accommodation environment while enhancing the safety of St. Maarten as a destination.”

  SafeSeal is an immediately recognisable emblem for companies that have been verified to adhere to strict cleanliness and hygiene guidelines to counter the COVID-19 pandemic.

  Belair takes the pandemic “very seriously” and has in place additional measures to the ones required.

  The hotel’s director said a hygiene specialist from St. Maarten Medical Center (SMMC) gives the hotel’s housekeeping staff regular training on the proper protocols, highlighting any changes in the industry and going over practices implemented on the property.

  Visual reminders and bi-weekly updates are also done for supervisors to remind them of the importance of updating their staff, and obligatory bi-weekly departmental meetings are held where shortcomings and ways to enhance practices are discussed.

  “We do hourly fogging of public spaces during high-traffic periods and fogging every two hours once the traffic subsides for the evening,” the director stated. 

  Team spirit is a key feature of the hotel, and that accounts for protecting against the pandemic as well.

  “Belair Beach Hotel has a strong responsibility to their employees, as they are a part of the team that makes up the resort. We believe in continuity, training and enhancing the skills of our current employees, while welcoming new employees and sharing talents as team players. We believe that training and having the right equipment are sure ways to create a safe environment for our guests. We take care of our employees so that our employees can take care of you,”

 The director said that although travel might be temporarily different, the timeframe offers opportunities as well. “St. Maarten is an amazing island and in spite of the pandemic, the island continues to have amazing sunrises and sunsets, delicious cuisine, friendly people who genuinely care about you having safe fun, great for families, wonderful experiences and great vacation opportunities. If there was ever a time to be spoiled in St. Maarten, it’s now.”

  SafeSeal standards have been devised by medical and occupational safety professionals; the methods and practices have been used to grant acknowledgement of best COVID-19 prevention practices to 1,700 companies in the Caribbean. For St Maarten, the checklists per sector have been validated to befit, among other things, the guidelines on

stmaartengov.org.

  By highlighting best-practice companies, supporting organisations St. Maarten Tourist Bureau, St Maarten Hospitality and Trade Association and occupational health company Medwork want to spread the word that St. Maarten is making its best effort to be a safe destination.

  More information regarding SafeSeal can be found at

www.shta.com/safeseal and travel information updates at

www.stmaartenentry.com.