Berjaya Hotel Faces Suspension of Permit, Fine Over Poblacion Girl Quarantine Violation
The Department of Tourism (DOT) has suspended the accreditation and permit of Berjaya Hotel after Gwyneth Anne Chua a.k.a Poblacion Girl escaped the facility.
The DOT suspended the Berjaya Makati Hotel’s accreditation and permission as a multiple-use hotel on Wednesday, citing its incompetence in the Poblacion girl’s breach of her obligatory quarantine in December. Gwyneth Anne Chua, often known as Poblacion girl, was meant to spend her obligatory quarantine in the Berjaya hotel.
However, the woman’s contacts reportedly led her to go out and party in Makati, where she contracted COVID-19. Berjaya has also been fined amounting to double the value of its most expensive room, in addition to the ban.
The hotel’s management first expressed regret for their role in the tragedy. In addition, five Berjaya personnel were charged in the case of the Poblacion girl, based on the report.
Meanwhile, the DOT said that other hotels would be investigated for offering an “absentee quarantine” package, which allows patients to leave despite the mandated quarantine. According to Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat, the names of the three hotels that have agreed not to quarantine their visitors have already been collected.
The details have also been submitted to the Philippine Coast Guard, Philippine National Police, and the Bureau of Quarantine (BOQ) for quick action, according to her. This, she claims, is the easiest technique to catch them in the act since they would always deny it.
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