“We arrived at OR Tambo International airport, and made our way to parking level two where the drop off takes place. This was my first experience of a slight queue but all went relatively quickly.
Boarding the flight was slower than usual, and understandably so. In order to ensure that social distancing was maintained, Safair crew boarded the aircraft two rows at a time, starting from the back. Where it was possible (based on availability), passengers were seated apart with an empty seat between them. Naturally, this will not be the case on a full flight. Part of the protocol is for all travellers to wear a mask at all times and this is maintained on board too! There is no food or beverages served on board, so there is no reason to remove the mask.
On arrival in Durban, I proceeded to Europcar. Everything was spotless with regular sanitizing taking place. Everything was prepared ahead of time and the keys to my vehicle were first sanitized and then handed over the counter by means of a napkin. The vehicles are all sanitized before and after each rental.
I arrived at the AHA Gateway Hotel in Umhlanga and after a quick screening on entering the hotel, I was able to check-in. It was comforting to note that each room door was sealed with a sticker covering the key card mechanism which I had to remove prior to using my key card. This is done to ensure each guest that the room has been sanitized and no one has entered the room before you. All magazines and TV guides have been removed from all the rooms and only room service, with disposable utensils is allowed at this stage. Nicely done AHA!
All the suppliers that I booked with have taken all the necessary precautions and followed all the required protocols to ensure traveller safety is a top priority.
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