Hotel industry says wear your face mask.
Guests will soon be required to wear face coverings within indoor public areas of US and Canadian hotels.
Major hotel chains are the latest in a growing list of places in the US and Canadian travel industry that will soon require a face mask for all guests staying at their establishments.
The American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA) said on Monday that some hotel chains will implement the new rules as early as next week.
“Requiring face coverings and practicing social distancing in public spaces will create an even safer environment for all our guests and employees,” said Chip Rogers, president and CEO of AHLA.
Hyatt, Marriott and IHG will enforce the rules from July 27.
Arne Sorenson, Marriott International’s President and CEO, said: “Health experts have made it clear that wearing face coverings in public spaces is one of the easiest steps that we can all take to protect one another and reduce the spread of Covid 19. As part of our commitment to clean, we made it a brand standard that associates wear masks and set an example.
“Given the recent spikes across the US and with guidance from health officials, we are now extending the requirement to wear face masks in all indoor public spaces to our guests, no matter the jurisdiction,” he added.
Hilton confirmed that it too would introduce a face mask policy for guests, however, it did not provide a specific date.
To combat the spread of Covid-19, the AHLA recommend hotel guests:
Practice social distancing in all common areas.
Choose contactless options when checking-in and payments.
Consider skipping a daily room cleaning.
Ask for contactless room service delivery.