Hemingways retains its 400 employees despite suspending operations over COVID-19


Luxury boutique hotel brand Hemingways Collection has announced the suspension of its operations in its Ol Seki Mara and Hemingways Nairobi properties due to the Coronavirus pandemic. The company will, however, retain its more than 400 employees.

Hemingways Collection Chairman, Dicky Evans said that following the temporary closure of the two hotels, the group’s number one priority during this crisis was to look after their staff and as such, Hemingways Collection will not be making any redundancies.

He, however, noted permanent staff will receive reduced salaries for the next three months.

“As a Group, we have prioritized the retention of staff and their well-being with all permanent employees being retained however receiving reduced salaries for three months,” said Mr. Evans.

“We are humbled by the massive support from our staff following this decision amid this evolving COVID-19 challenge. Everyone is making huge sacrifices to survive these unprecedented times and we are truly grateful to them all” he said.

Noting that following the COVID-19 pandemic in the country, it was only prudent that the Collection closes the Ol Seki Mara and Nairobi properties in helping keep its staff and guests safe during this time.

“The closure was effective from March 27th, 2020 for Ol Seki Mara and March 29th, 2020 for Hemingways Nairobi,’’ said Mr. Evans. They will both be closed until May 31st 2020,” said Mr. Evans.

Hemingways Collection Watamu property will remain open for the time being, operating within government protocols in terms of servicing in -house guests and complying with the curfew.