The American Hotel & Lodging Association as part of its Safe Stay health and safety initiative has released five key recommendations on ways hotel guests can travel more safely.
The guidelines for hotels and guests, called the Safe Stay Guest Checklist, include requiring face coverings in all indoor public spaces and practicing social distancing in all common areas; choosing contactless options where available, including online reservations, check-ins and payments; considering daily room cleaning only if necessary, and asking the hotel about such options; requesting contactless room service delivery; and refraining from traveling if you have, or recently had, any symptoms of Covid-19 or contact with anyone diagnosed with Covid-19.
Though none of the recommendations are national requirements, the industry trade group is lobbying for national standardization. In addition, several top industry executives have endorsed the guidelines, including Hilton Worldwide CEO Christopher Nassetta, Hyatt Hotels Corp. CEO Mark Hoplamazian, InterContinental Hotels Group Americas CEO Elie Maalouf, Loews Hotels CEO Jonathan Tisch, Marriott International CEO Arne Sorenson, and Radisson Hotel Group Americas CEO Jim Alderman.
"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 AHLA president and CEO Chip Rogers. "We applaud governors who have standardized the use of face coverings in all indoor public spaces, and we urge all lawmakers to help make this a national standard by implementing this requirement in their states."
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