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Checking Into A U.S. Hotel? Industry Says You Will Have To Wear A Face Mask
Just think of it as the must-have travel accessory of 2020. As the travel industry works to safely open back up during the COVID-19 pandemic, major hotel chains are now requiring guests to wear masks.
The new face coverings are only requiring while interacting in shared indoor and public spaces, according to the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA).
The mandate is part of the AHLA’s “Safe Stay Guest Checklist” for guests on how to travel safely while also creating a standardized safety experience nationwide.
The Safe Stay Guest Checklist includes:
- Require face coverings in all indoor public spaces and practice social distancing in all common areas.
- Choose contactless options, where available, including online reservations, check-ins, and payments.
- Consider daily room cleaning, only if necessary. Ask the hotel about your options.
- Request contactless room service delivery.
- Refrain from traveling if you have, or recently had, any symptoms of COVID-19 or contact with anyone diagnosed with COVID-19.
“The top priority for the hotel industry is the health and safety of guests and employees. Utilizing these best practices, including requiring face coverings and practicing social distancing in public spaces, will create an even safer environment for all our guests and employees,” said Chip Rogers, President and CEO of AHLA in a statement.
The AHLA stated that some of the largest hotel brands are planning to implement the policy before the fall.
“Hilton is united with the hospitality industry in prioritizing the health and safety of our guests and employees. We are supportive of the industry adopting consistent guidelines and practices that adhere to public health guidelines, including the wearing of face coverings indoors and in public areas,” Hilton President and CEO Chris Nassetta, said.