Masks are being recommended in situations where social distancing cannot be adequately maintained as Beachcomber Resorts prepares to re-open hotels in Mauritius.

The layout of the restaurants’ tables and chairs in restaurants will be reviewed to promote adequate social distancing.

A la carte service will be prioritised over self-service buffets at it eight hotels on the Indian Ocean island.

Guests will be required to shower before spa treatments.

Limited numbers will be allowed at any one time in fitness centres, studios and classes.

The measures come as the company works with international bioanalytical laboratory LIBA to have its hotels accredited with ‘Safe Place’ labels.

The initiative stems from a partnership with LIBA, which already carries out regular unannounced food safety and room hygiene audits, accompanied with sampling and testing, across all Beachcomber hotels.

The audits will include certain additional control measures from now.

The Safe Place label aims to better reassure holidaymakers of all health, hygiene, safety and environmental requirements in place while meeting changing needs, especially against the backdrop of the Covid-19 health crisis, according to Beachcomber.

The certification builds upon a set of health and safety measures that are already in place at the group’s hotels.

Chief executive Gilbert Espitalier-Noel said: “Our responsibility as a hotelier is to safeguard the health and wellbeing of our guests and staff; this is the case now more than ever with the pandemic.

“This labelling scheme, developed in conjunction with LIBA, will enable us to welcome our hotel guests and teams in the best of conditions and ensure their health and safety are adequately taken care of.

“It is clear that health and safety requisites will be of the greatest importance when choosing a hotel and holiday destination in the future.

“It is therefore important to take the necessary steps to make travellers feel safe and confident.”