Tourism Ministry Launches SOP for Businesses

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‘Minimum Standards Covid-19 Extra Care – Standard Operating Procedures for Tourism Businesses in Solomon Islands’

Ministry of Tourism and Culture in partnership with the Ministry of Health and Medical Services has developed guidelines through the Minimum Standards Tourism Extra Care program for tourism businesses to follow and operate in a safe way and limit the spread of COVID-19.

Releasing the ‘Standard Operating Procedures (SOP)’ for Tourism Businesses in the country recently, the Tourism Ministry has stated that Tourism operators in Solomon Islands need to adapt to this new reality and establish the same measures that are used worldwide.

“This document outlines covid-safe measures for tourism operators, and specific guidelines for accommodation, restaurants, attractions, transport and tours,” MCT Stated.

General guidelines for tourism and hospitality staff:

  • All tourism staff should be fully vaccinated.
  • Wear a mask while working.
  • Practice social distancing, approximately 2m.
  • Regularly wash hands or use hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Avoid close contact with other staff and guests.
  • Keep your work area clean by frequently disinfection surface areas.
  • Stay home if feeling unwell.


Tourism Accommodations comprises of a number of departments, like front office, housekeeping, food & beverage, security etc. All have an important part in keeping an accommodation covid-safe. Key hygiene standards are already outlined in the minimum standards for accommodation, but covid-safe operations require additional protocols and much higher hygiene standards than normal.

COVID safe measures outlined in the document cover;

  • Front Office
  • Security
  • Guest Rooms/Housekeeping
  • Restaurant & Bars
  • Kitchen
  • Laundry
  • Additional to the guidelines for Manual Washing
  • Deliveries & Contractors
  • Waste Disposal and Storage
  • Transport
  • Tours, Attractions & Activities

The full document can be viewed and downloaded here:

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