Hotelier Jerry Schwartz will make vaccinations mandatory for staff at Paradise Resort Gold Coast as he warns the hotel sector must follow his lead or it will “perish”.
Paradise Resort Gold Coast will be the first non-quarantine hotel in the group to mandate Covid vaccinations for staff.
Schwartz said that he would like to see all staff fully vaccinated by the end of November to be ready for the peak Christmas season.
“As both a medical doctor and a hotel owner, I believe that any face-to-face business, especially if it involves children, needs to have fully vaccinated staff,” he said.
“The hotel industry has been devastated by Covid and policies of governments, so it is essential we equip ourselves with the tools to drive a recovery once the country reaches 80 per cent vaccination and travel returns to relative normality.
“However, we know that children under-12 cannot be vaccinated, and so to ensure the welfare of both our guests and our staff, we need to insist on mandatory vaccination, with the priority being for any staff who interact with guests, and then all staff working across the hotel.”
Schwartz said that initial feedback from staff indicates that most are in full agreement with the move.
“It’s a case of vaccinate staff or the hotel industry could perish,” he said.
“I am talking to all the management companies operating my other hotels so that we can ensure that vaccination is implemented as a matter of urgency, as it is essential we place the hotel industry on the best possible footing to recover.
“Tourism businesses such as Qantas and Virgin have already announced that they will require vaccination for staff members and I believe the hotel industry should follow suit, given that we are a people-facing business which has a duty of care to ensure we eliminate risk for guests and provide a safe working environment.”