Falkirk hotelier’s plans to keep guest safe from Covid-19

A Falkirk hotelier is using technology to make guests feel safer as he prepares for next month’s potential reopening of Scotland’s leisure and tourism industry.

By Jill Buchanan
Wednesday, 17th June 2020, 12:30 pm

Hotels closed in March due to the coronavirus pandemic but bosses hope the Scottish Government gives the go ahead to reopen from July 15.

Robert Hannigan who opened the Premier Lodge in Westmains Road, Falkirk, with wife Mhairie and Carol Stalley in March 2019, has purchased a thermal imaging camera which will trigger an alarm if someone has a high temperature.

He said: “If the alarm goes off we will ask the person to wait for five minutes before retesting. However, if it goes off again we will not be able to admit them. It’s all about making people feel safe.”

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Premier Lodge owners Carol Stalley and Robert Hannigan

Robert, who also owns the Central Perks coffee shop in Grahams Road, would also like to see the Scottish Government relax the social distancing rule from two metres to one metre.

He added: “At two metres it is impossible for someone to run a restaurant or cafe and make money.”