Major Hotels Announce Mask Requirements for Customers
The American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA) says that several major chains nationwide will start requiring face masks for guests in all public spaces. The group which represents the hotel industry released guidelines for enhanced health and safety protocols during the coronavirus pandemic last week. Its members include Marriott, Hilton, Hyatt, IHG, Loews Hotels, Radisson and Wyndham and all of them are set to mandate masks and social distancing soon.
Marriott was one of the first chains to announce the new requirements. CEO Arne Sorenson said Monday the company’s requirement for guests to wear face coverings will go into effect on July 27. “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,” Sorenson said in the announcement.
Hyatt also made an announcement today. “Following medical expert guidance to help reduce the spread of COVID-19, beginning Monday, July 27, for the foreseeable future, all Hyatt hotels in the U.S. and Canada will require face coverings within indoor public areas, which include meetings and events spaces, restaurants and bars, and fitness centers. Some guests may be exempt from this mandate, including but not limited to people with medical conditions, consuming food or beverages in restaurants, and children under the age of two years”, the announcement says.
Major U.S. airlines have already introduced similar rules that require passengers to wear masks while on airplanes and even during the check-in process.