Friday, May 15, 2020


The Covid19 pandemic caught us all by surprise!  And everyone is affected negatively. As of this posting, we are now on Day61. 61 surreal days of staying at home, disinfecting everything, hooked up on every Covid19 news, especially cure.  Suddenly, all our travel plans are put into halt. 

Luckily, I am a work-at-home mom. It somehow lessens my anxiety knowing that I can still earn a little without going out for work. Same with my husband. But anxiety level escalates at night, when I think of what the "new normal" would be, especially for my teens who are college students.

Will it be safe to go out, once ECQ is lifted? 

Even when ECQ is lifted, there will definitely be certain safety measures that we will be practicing at home. Washing of hands, leaving shoes outside, wearing of face mask/shields and most importantly, go out ONLY when it is necessary.

But how about businesses that will open when ECQ is lifted? All of us are wondering how will they cope with the new normal?


"New Normal" Features in all branches for guests:

Uniforms of the hotel staff are redesigned to incorporate
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
Temperature screening and disinfection mats upon entering the hotel

Social distancing in the front desk
 Social distancing with markers and limit of persons in elevators

Contactless hotel features (doors and elevators)

UVC light treatment is also modified in elevator consoles,  door handles, 
keycard cases, cash register, and food preparation

Use of UVC disinfection light array cart in cleaning and disinfection of rooms and bathrooms. Studies show that the use of UVC, with wavelengths between 200 and 270 nanometres (nm), can kill microbes, germs, bacteria, and viruses. This has been adopted since the use of UVC is done in recent years and is also used in disinfecting hospitals as UVC kills pathogens and microorganisms.

Constant disinfection in all amenities is also implemented

No-contact facilities from lobby doors to toilet fixtures thru 
installing foot door opener and foot-controlled dispenser.
Hotel Sogo has created newly designed giveaways for guests such as no contact keys and sanitizers. The no-contact key serves as a tool in touching common objects like door handles, elevator buttons, and ATMs.

     Hotel Sogo Mobile app is also up for contact tracing

In addition, Hotel Sogo also installed protective acrylic glass panel in the front desk and hand sanitizers in common areas.  


"New Normal" Features in the corporate office for employees:

Of course, not only are the hotel's guests are being protected, it is important to protect Hotel Sogo's valued employees through:  Temperature checks upon entering the office;

Hand sanitizers in common areas.  Limit to the number of people using the elevator. Social distancing in the workplace and in crowded areas like the canteen.  Provision of multivitamins to employees.  

  Hotel Sogo is also active in its Corporate Social Responsibility:

  • Hotel Sogo is the first to provide free room accommodations that served as a temporary shelter to healthcare workers and frontliners
  • A total of P80-million worth of donation or more than 800 room accommodations were given to healthcare workers, OFWs, and seafarers repatriates for free
  • This is in coordination with 10 city mayors and 31 hospitals in the country
It is very important that we fight this pandemic as one!  And Hotel Sogo is doing its best to pursue business in these trying times, with the safety of its guests and employees in mind.
This is the gist of the video below:

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