Social distancing did motel chain in
"We are facing unprecedented times in this world. As much as I have been trying to extend a helping hand to each and every one of you over these past few months, it is with a heavy heart that I now have to make a life-changing decision that will affect us all," said Victoria Court CEO Angelina Mead King in a video message for her employees. Victoria Court, like all other tourism-related businesses, has been barred from accepting new bookings since lockdown measures took effect in March. The motel chain has only been welcoming repatriated overseas Filipino workers and seafarers who need to undergo quarantine, but King said revenues from these bookings are not enough to sustain operations. "It is time to face the facts and be honest and prepare for what is coming...I want to wish everyone the best of luck," she added as she assured her employees of separation packages to tide them over the next few months. King shares the Victoria Court brand with her brother, Atticus, but the two maintain separate management groups. "My group is not closing. Instead, we opted to do a deep retrenchment to try to keep the lights on until things revert back to normal," Atticus said in a separate statement.