Hotel Industry Sets Out New Coronavirus Safety Guidelines
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Hotel Industry Sets Out New Coronavirus Safety Guidelines

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Parker Diakite
Parker Diakite May 14, 2020

As states begin to ease up on stay-at-home restrictions, hotels around the country are preparing for travelers amid the coronavirus pandemic as travelers worry about safety.

In response, the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA) unveiled its “Safe Stay Guidelines” in partnership with major brands like Wyndham, Hilton, Marriott, and Best Western that outlines cleanliness.

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“It’s really an effort to make sure that no matter if you’re staying at an extended-stay economy hotel or you’re staying at the nicest luxury resort, that there will be, at a minimum, common standards across the entire industry,” Chip Rogers, AHLA president, and CEO, told USA TODAY.

The report outlines general hotel procedures meant to protect employees and guests.

Here’s a list of some the procedures:

  • Hand-washing and hand sanitizer use; dispensers, when possible, should be at major employee and guest entrances and contact spots such as lobby reception and employee entrances.
  • Signs reminding employees and guests how to wear, handle and throw away masks.
  • A major boost in cleaning practices, with places like hotel guest elevators, front desk check-in stations, and public bathrooms cleaned frequently.
  • A request that housekeepers not enter a guest room during a stay unless asked to by guest, or otherwise adhere to established safety protocols.
  • For guests: Physical distancing of at least 6 feet from other groups of travelers.
  • For employees: Physical distancing in dining rooms, training classrooms and more; front desk agents should use every other workstation.
  • Contactless check-in encouraged when possible.

Take a look at the full guidelines here.