Gary Neville explains why his hotels are not cleaning rooms for NHS staff

Gary Neville says that NHS staff have advised his employees not to clean their hotel rooms while they stay in them for free during the coronavirus pandemic.

Generous Neville and his former Manchester United teammate Ryan Giggs have opened up the doors to their two Manchester hotels for NHS staff and key workers to stay in for free as they battle the COVID-19 outbreak.

But in order to reduce the potential for contamination and infection, staff say they don't want their rooms cleaned.

"We've got a skeletal staff in place. I think it's only between five and seven members of staff in each hotel," Neville explained to Good Morning Britain when discussing the new regulations in place for workplaces.

"They're there on a voluntary basis, they have got the masks on and they obviously are keeping two metres apart, with obviously handwashing and all the other things.

"The rooms are not being cleaned by our staff as they ordinarily would be, at the request of the NHS who say it is best to keep the NHS workers going into the rooms themselves to not try an contaminate them.

"So we're doing everything that we possibly can.

"There is a potential (of infection) obviously, but the reality of it is that there are NHS staff and essential workers who need to use that facility to stay away from the vulnerable ones that they have at home or the ones who are demonstrating symptoms of the virus."

Neville – who also says that the current Premier League season must be played to a finish – went on criticise prime minister Boris Johnson for putting out mixed messages.

"Our government have been wrongfooted on this from three weeks ago.," he said.

" Boris Johnson three weeks ago was jovially bragging about shaking hands with coronavirus patients in hospital. That's only three weeks ago today.


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