A year on from hotel lockdown, H10 staff to be honoured by Adeje Council
The Adeje council has been very open in its praise of how the directors and staff of the H10 Costa Adeje Palace hotel worked during the 14 difficult days of quarantine, with 900 guests locked inside, as a result of the first outbreak of Covid-19 on Tenerife. The world watched on as a small corner of Adeje went global as staff and the Health Service handled the situation admirably, showing at an international level that the islands are safe, and promote social harmony and good health practices.
Today, February 25th, is a year to the day that the hotel was on front pages across the world, as Coronavirus hit the island and the decision to lock it down and quarantine guests and staff inside due to this new, relatively unknown virus at the time, that ultimately lead to a world pandemic. Guests staying at the hotel woke up to a whole new world being told they weren’t allowed to leave, as staff had been prepped and worked through the night to get health protocols in place for the journey ahead.
Given these reasons, the mayor of Adeje, José Miguel Rodríguez Fraga, has informed the hotel director, Jesús Oramas, that he will be bringing a proposal to the next council meeting that the hotel be awarded the Municipal Gold Medal, in recognition of the efforts made “by all the men and women who are part of the hotel staff, and those who played a key role, alongside health workers, security personnel, and all the professionals who were there this time last year, who together were an example to the rest of the world in showing how we managed the crisis, in unknown circumstances, in a near perfect way.”
The mayor is also proposing that the street on which the hotel is located be renamed Calle 24 de Febrero, in memory of what happened here and the great work that all those involved carried out.
José Miguel Rodríguez Fraga, accompanied by the councillors for safety and social services, Mercedes Vargas Delgado, and for health, Amada Trujillo Bencomo, visited the hotel this week to mark the first anniversary of the shut-down, and to speak to director Jesús Oramas.
During the visit they also had an opportunity to thank many of the staff personally for how they worked during those 14 days a year ago. Oramas and his staff took the opportunity to thank the mayor and the councillors for the ongoing work the council has been involved in since the crisis began, mentioning the fact that the council were on hand to cover security and health concerns from the moment the first Covid guests were diagnosed.
“Adeje is very proud of the work that all the staff and other professionals, inside and of outside the hotel carried out, going above and beyond their obligations, as well as of the municipal workers who collaborated in the work that needed to be done”, said the mayor. “From sourcing food and drink for the health and security workers, offering accommodation to those who were needed near the hotel, offering important pharmaceutical materials, goods of primary needs for guests, games and books for children, people stepped up. The team also reinforced the cleaning protocols, and the Local Police were on hand to deal with any security issues, closing streets, dealing with traffic and the general public in the immediate area”.
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