Owners of one of the most iconic hotels in Nairobi, The Fairmont Norfolk have announced that is it closing doors indefinitely and will fire all employees over the impact of coronavirus pandemic on the business.

In a communication to staff dated May 27, the country manager Mehdi Morad said owing to the uncertainty of the direction the global pandemic will take, they have been forced to terminate employee contracts and close their properties.

The Fairmont Hotels and Resorts said they are going to close Fairmont The Norfolk and Fairmont Mara Safari Cub as a result of:

“spiral effect of the COVID-19 pandemic and the recent flooding of Fairmont Mara Safari Club”. the memo said.

“Due to the uncertainty of when and how the impact of the global Pandemic will result in the business picking up in the near future, we are left with no option but to close down the business indefinitely,” Mr. Morad added.

“It is, therefore, the decision of the management to terminate the Services of all its employees due to “frustration” by way of mutual separation and taking into account the loyalty and dedication the employees have put into the success of our company in the previous years.”

Employees will receive their termination letters by June 5.

Fairmont joins a growing list of hotels that have closed or suspended operations due to the effects of coronavirus including Nairobi’s Tribe Hotel, Ole Sereni and DusitD2.

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