Hotels Across America Launch COVID-19 Guidelines for Summer Travel
There has been a lot of debate around how to travel safely this summer as the U.S. continues to battle COVID-19. To ease uncertainty, the American Hotel and Lodging Association (AHLA) released guidelines last week to help travelers keep their risk of contracting and spreading the virus down. "The top priority for the hotel industry is the health and safety of guests and employees," AHLA President and CEO Chip Rogers said in a statement. "We want every guest to experience a clean and safe hotel no matter where they stay."
The guidelines, called the Safe Stay Guest Checklist, encourage guests to follow five simple practices, from wearing face masks to opting for contact-less room service when available. They are part of the AHLA's larger Safe Stay initiative, which provides regularly updated information and practices for hotels across the country to make sure cleaning, check-in, and staff-to-guest interactions continue to be as safe as possible, in accordance to CDC guidelines. Pretty much all major U.S. hotel brands, including Hilton and Hyatt, have endorsed the measures.
Since the outbreak of COVID-19 the hotel industry has responded swiftly to curb health and safety concerns as well as support their staff and communities. In April, Marriott International, the world's largest hotel group and member of the AHLA, announced electrostatic sprayers to sanitize spaces like lobbies and guest rooms. Hilton has since launched partnerships with Lysol and the Mayo Clinic as part of their Hilton Clean Stay program. The Four Seasons in New York was the first luxury property in the world to turn over their rooms to front-line workers, while Rosewood focused on feeding hospital workers as part of their Rosewood Raise program.
The guidelines arrive as cities around the country, like New York, ease lock down restrictions while others, like Los Angeles, halt reopening plans due to increased infection rates. The disparate path of COVID-19 throughout the U.S. has prompted fresh debate about the universal use of face masks; an opportune time, it would seem, for the travel industry to encourage their widespread use.
The AHLA is the only national association dedicated to all aspects of the hotel industry, counting 27,000 members in its portfolio, including the top ten largest hotel companies in the country.
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