Bhubaneswar: A day after MAYFAIR Palm Beach Resort Gopalpur on Sea was sealed for COVID-19 guidelines violations, hotelier Dilip Ray termed the incident as unfortunate and apologised through a Facebook post on Sunday.
He is the chairman and managing director of MAYFAIR hotels and resorts.
“As an Odisha born Brand, MAYFAIR has always attached great importance to Odia Culture, literature, customs and cuisines and it has always been our constant endeavour to promote them pan India through our properties. An incident like this which goes against our State policies and priorities is the last thing I can imagine and I once again apologize for it,” he wrote.
Ray say that the gravity of the situation can be gauged from the fact that this year’s Rath Yatra was held without devotees.
“Precautionary measures like social distancing are the only potent weapon to fight this pandemic and there can be no compromise on it. I myself have time and again emphasised its importance through social media and other channels. Even a detailed SOP in this regard has been devised for our Hotel operations- attaching highest standards of priority to safety and hygiene,” he said.
He further said that the Management has been directed to further upgrade the COVID-19 specific Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) and strictly ensure that no such incident is repeated.
The Ganjam administration had sealed the hotel for seven days after video of a wedding held on its premises by flouting COVID-19 guidelines went viral on Saturday.
Gopalpur police had also registered a case and arrested the father and uncle of the groom.
The administration had earlier slapped a fine of Rs 50,000 on both the parties and the car used by the groom was impounded.