Yesterday the American Hotel Association and a number of major hotel chains announced that masks would be required to enter public spaces in hotels and resorts under their management. Hyatt, Hilton, Wyndham, IHG, Loews, Marriott and Radison announced the mask measures.
Many hotel brands fall under the umbrella of these companies. For instance, Marriott owns 32 different brands of lodging and Wyndham owns over 9,000 hotel/resort locations that cover 20 brands including multiple hotels in Campbell County.
Mark Hoplamazian, president and CEO of Hyatt, said in a press release, “We require face coverings for hotel guests across the US and Canada in order to care for the health and safety of our guests and colleagues. To help enable safe travel amidst the ongoing challenges of Covid-19, we need to come together as an industry and promote clear guidelines.”
Other chains such as Marriott had press releases relating to their viewpoints.
“We’re redefining our cleaning and safety standards to align with evolving expert protocols as we all work together to manage the spread of Covid-19,” said Arne Sorenson, CEO of Marriott International, in the news release.
“Health guidance is clear on wearing masks, and it is a simple step everyone can take when in public spaces of hotels to protect themselves, each other and associates.”
The American Hotel Association announced five safety protocols that hotels and travellers should adopt for maximum safety while still providing guest lodging.
1. Require face coverings in all indoor public spaces and practice social distancing in all common areas.
2. Choose contactless options, where available, including online reservations, check-ins, and payments.
3. Consider daily room cleaning, only if necessary. Ask the hotel about your options.
4. Request contactless room service delivery.
5. Refrain from traveling if you have, or recently had, any symptoms of COVID-19 or contact with anyone diagnosed with COVID-19.
President Trump also came out yesterday with his strongest pro-mask statements to date.
“Whether you like the mask or not, they have an impact,” President Trump said on Tuesday. He also said “I will use it gladly, no problem with it.” regarding wearing a mask himself.
He also tweeted an image of himself wearing a mask and spoke of mask wearing as a patriotic act.
“We are United in our effort to defeat the Invisible China Virus, and many people say that it is Patriotic to wear a face mask when you can’t socially distance.”
The President was also very optimistic about a Covid-19 vaccine saying “the vaccines are coming and they’re coming alot sooner than anyone thought possible.”
The President did acknowledge that Covid-19 numbers are likely to get worse over the short term.
“Some areas of country doing very well, others doing less well. It will probably unfortunately get worse before it gets better. I don’t like saying that, but that’s the way it is,” President Trump said Monday.