High end hotels The Tribe Hotel, Ole Sereni and DusitD2 have announced that they have stopped operations until further notice, due to effects of the coronavirus pandemic that has imposed travel restrictions and directed for social distancing. In separate notice, the hotels  said they would remain shut.

Ole Sereni Hotels Group CEO Ghulam Samdani said in a notice that they have made the tough decision to suspend operations at Emara Ole Sereni and Ole Sereni until further notice.

Meanwhile, the restricted travel is considered a blow to the five-star DusitD2 Hotel, which reopened last August, six months after 21 people were killed in an attack on the hotel and office complex by terrorists linked to the Somalia-based Al-Shabaab.

Other top hotels like Nairobi’s Villa Rosa Kempinski have limited business to room service. Their counterparts in Kisumu the Sovereign hotel and the Grand Royale Swiss hotel have also announced that they are stopping operations, with fears that this will effectively set the stage  for job cuts and unpaid leave for workers.

At the Coast, some hotels on the Coast have reported occupancy rates of well below 10 percent against 75 percent normally, while local restaurants have resorted to operate takeaway services only.