Fairmont Norfolk hotel closes down, fires all employees over Covid-19 economic impact

Fairmont Hotel (Photo/Courtesy)

The hard economic times brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic have caused many businesses to close down.

The latest is the Fairmont Norfolk and Fairmont Mara Safari Club, which announced it is closing down owing to the uncertainty of the direction the global pandemic will take.

“It is regrettable that our hotels, Fairmont the Norfolk and Fairmont Mara Safari Club have since ceased their operations as a spiral effect of the Covid-19 pandemic and the recent flooding of Fairmont Mara Safari Club,” Fairmont Manager Mehdi Morad said in an internal memo on Wednesday.

“It is the decision of the management to terminate the services of its employees due to frustration by way of mutual separation. These unprecedented natural causes have resulted in disruption of our business now and in the foreseeable future,” the manager said.

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All the employees will be issued with the termination letters by the end of June 5. Those with less than years years’ experience will be paid one month’s salary in lieu of notice, while those with more than 5 years experience will be paid their gratuity as per the CBA.

Norfolk joins many other companies that have closed down or sent home some employees to survive amid the pandemic. Some employees have been forced to work at home, while others have been sent on unpaid leave,

Other companies such as Royal Media and Radio Africa have been forced to slash the salaries of their employees by up to 30 per cent.

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