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Wasawasa Lodge Now A Quarantine Facility In Savusavu

In partnership with the Ministry of Health and Medical Services, the Wasawasa Lodge and Conference Centre is scheduled to be used as a hotel option for the required 14- day quarantine period.
27 Jun 2021 16:51
Wasawasa Lodge Now A Quarantine Facility In Savusavu

A Savusavu resort has stepped up to prepare staff for domestic repatriation guests that are expected to start arriving next week.

In partnership with the Ministry of Health and Medical Services, the Wasawasa Lodge and Conference Centre is scheduled to be used as a hotel option for the required 14- day quarantine period.

This is for those who wish to return home to Vanua Levu from Viti Levu.

Co-general manager Bill Keefe of Namale Resort and Wasawasa Inn and Wasawasa Lodge said Namale Resort remains closed.

“The quarantine stays will be at our sister property, The Wasawasa Inn and Lodge.

“Approximately 40 of our housekeeping, food and beverage, security, and maintenance staff participated in the training facilitated by the Ministry of Health.”

He added the training was to prepare staff for the systems, processes, protocols, and standard operating procedures required for hosting quarantine guests.

Mr Keefe said they were the only resort in Savusavu that have offered this option.

“We do not view this as a business opportunity, rather, we see it as an opportunity to help our community,” he said.

The operation 

There are two options available to those who plan to return to Vanua Levu.

nYou can spend your 14-day quarantine period at the schools that are serving as quarantine facilities.

nThe second option is to pay for your accommodation and food at Wasawasa Inn and Lodge.

Mr Keefe said their rates are very affordable considering what they usually charge.

“This is not to make a profit but to help Fijians return home.”

Staff members of Wasawasa Lodge in Savusavu undergoing training with the Ministry of Health.

Staff members of Wasawasa Lodge in Savusavu undergoing training with the Ministry of Health.

What’s on offer 

There are two types of accommodation offered:

  • Standard room is offered at $75, and
  • a family room is offered at $100.
  • Meal plans are $30 a day.

He said guests who are expected to stay would be closely monitored and tested for COVID-19 before they arrive in Vanua Levu.

“For those interested and hope to return to Vanua Levu, they will have to seek permission from the Ministry of Health, he said.

“They will be first monitored closely by the Ministry during the process.

“Guests will be tested 72 hours before allowed to travel to Vanua Levu.

“Until results are negative then only, they will be considered to travel.

“When they arrive in Vanua Levu, relevant authorities will ensure they have had no contact with the locals, providing safe passage to the accommodation of their choosing.”

He said he has seen protests happen to other resorts who are trying to help the Government.

“It is a huge operation, and we hope the locals can understand that these are Fijians who need to return home.

“I hope these people can put themselves in the shoes of those who have unfortunately been stuck on the mainland.”

Mr Keefe said there are people who are forced to stay with family and friends on the mainland and need to return.

He hopes to get the support from the local community when the operation kicks off.

Feedback: susana.tuilau@fijisun.com.fj



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