Hotels Industry Issues Safety Standards for Properties to Reopen Amidst the Pandemic

By Kurt Stolz on 4 May 2020
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In the past week, many hoteliers have announced programs and standards that are intended to address hotel cleanliness and disinfection amidst the novel coronavirus pandemic.

The list includes Hilton Worldwide’s CleanStay program launched with the Mayo Clinic and Lysol; Hyatt Hotel’s Global Care & Cleanliness Commitment, which includes accreditation from the Global Biorisk Advisory Council; and Marriott’s Global Cleanliness Council.

On Monday, the American Hotel & Lodging Association unveiled its SafeStay guidelines, an attempt standardize cleanliness benchmarks. The group’s goal is to develop best practices that include “enhanced cleaning standards throughout the hotel, including guest rooms, meeting spaces, common areas, and back-of-house spaces,” it said in a report it issued outlining the program.

Guidelines cover hand-washing and hand sanitizer use and availability; signage for guests and employees about the proper handling and use of face masks; dramatic changes in cleaning practices; social distancing of groups of travelers; and social distancing of employees.

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