‘Welcome to the Hotel California’: Hotels in the Golden State Begin to Reopen Friday

By Anna Breuer on 11 June 2020
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Reception area at the Westin Mission Hills Golf Resort and Spa in Palm Springs

It’s not quite what the Eagles had in mind with their song, but hotels throughout the state of California will begin to open their doors to guests Friday after several months of paused operations amidst the coronavirus pandemic.

All but seven of the state’s 58 counties will be allowed to host guests, under current California Department of Public Health guidelines.  The list of counties where hotels may reopen does not include San Francisco and other counties in the Bay Area.

The California Hotel and Lodging Association, which was founded in 1893, has created a Clean + Safe guide and self-certification process for its members to help with training employees, creating signage, and dealing with regulatory forms.  The new procedures incorporate recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the California Department of Public Health, and the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health, known as Cal/OSHA to help ensure safety and cleanliness amidst the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

The head of the hotel group, Lynn Mohrfield, said he was “disappointed” that the Bay Area hotels were not being allowed to reopen, despite their conservative approach to addressing the pandemic.

In addition to hotels, gyms, museums, and day camps may also reopen in the counties where hotels are allowed to reopen.
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