Rochester Backpackers has ensured it is compliant with health and safety regulations ahead of this year's harvest season.ELAINE COONEY January 9, 2013 4:17am
Rochester Backpackers will be back in business in time for the harvest season.
The hostel was recently fined and handed down several charges in relation to overcrowding and other health concerns.
Following the issue of a temporary permit which ceased December 27, the hostel regained an occupancy permit under the national construction code as well as accommodation registration under the Public Health and Wellbeing Act and regulations.
Rochester Backpackers’ manager Hassan Apak said he made all the necessary changes to obtain the two certificates.
He said the hostel could now accommodate 30 people and had six bedrooms.
‘‘It’s good to be back,’’ he said.
‘‘It’s important for business.’’
Mr Apak said the hostel was already fully-booked for the next six months.
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