The hotels in the US, and around the world, were basically empty for a few months earlier this year. Everyone was stuck at home and no one wanted to take chances with their health by venturing out too far. Fast forward a few months and things have been starting to reopen once again. That includes hotels and it brings the question, “What are hotels doing to keep guests safe?”.
Now that you are planning future vacations, or at least a quick trip back home for the holidays, you must know the answer to that question. The good news is that practically every hotel has implemented new safety protocols to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
When you go to walk in the front door of a hotel, one of the first things you will see is a container of hand sanitizer. There will be plexiglass barriers at the check-in desk. Although, many larger chain hotels are opting for check-in via a smartphone to limit contact even more.
All staff members will be wearing face masks and guests will be asked to wear them as well. Social distancing measures will be in place. This means you will see signs on the floor marking the six-foot distances. There will also be signs on the elevators limiting the number of guests inside at once. Obviously, all members of the same family can ride in the elevator together.
All the surfaces in the main areas of the hotel will be cleaned and disinfected regularly throughout the day. Larger hotel chains have begun utilizing electrostatic sprayers for cleaning surfaces. This allows the disinfectant to reach even the smallest surfaces of the spaces, including in guest rooms. Many unnecessary items like notepads and pens have also been removed from guest rooms to prevent transmission.
It is best to place the do not disturb sign on your door when you are staying in a hotel right now. While many precautions are in place, this will give you the added comfort of no one else being in your room during your stay.
Buffets are shut down in all hotels, so the normal continental breakfasts are no longer common practice. However, many hotels have replaced them with grab and go breakfast bags, so you can still get something to eat in the morning.
These are the common practices being used at many hotels during these times. However, if you are considering staying at a hotel, I have one recommendation for you. Call the hotel and ASK them about their safety protocols for COVID-19. If they are truly doing everything they can and should be, they will share it all with you over the phone. If they are not willing to talk to you about their protocols in detail, then you will know it is not a hotel you want to stay in right now.
I can help you find the best hotels for travel during this time, so let’s set up a time to chat today! After all, I want you to have a safe and wonderful experience at any hotel you are staying in, no matter what the reason for the visit.