Traveling During COVID-19: Health & Safety Guidance

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Written by Ashley White
On May 20, 2020 at 1:55 PM

  • COVID
Several hospitality industry associations have released health and safety guidance as travelers begin to plan for their summer vacations.
U.S. Travel Association
The U.S. Travel Association has released health and safety guidance for all travelers. The guidance is developed based on Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and White House guidelines “Opening Up America Again” and in consultation with public health experts. Using a layered approach to health and safety, the guidance reinforces various combined measures such as employee and traveler physical distancing, hand hygiene, personal protective equipment (PPE) and behaviors before and during the travel continuum. View guidance here.
American Hotel Lodging Association
The American hotel industry released national protocols for industry-wide hotel cleaning and safety standards in response to COVID-19. The initiative, referred to as “Safe Stay,” is focused on enhanced hotel cleaning practices, social interactions, and workplace protocols, while ensuring transparency for guests. Importantly, the Safe Stay protocol is based on guidance from the Safe Stay Advisory Council, comprised of hotel industry leaders representing all segments of the hotel industry, including the top 25 hotel brands, ownership groups, and hotel management companies.
The protocols are laid out in four areas: employee and guest health, employees’ responsibilities, cleaning products and protocols, and physical distancing. This initiative represents a new level of focus and transparency for an industry already built on cleanliness. Hotels have always had rigorous standards for cleaning and safety. With Safe Stay, we are enhancing these standards to boost consumer confidence and doing so in accordance with guidance issued by public health authorities, including the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Download guide here.
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