The global hotel industry has faced an unprecedented level of disruption due to the Coronavirus pandemic. A combination of lockdowns and travel restrictions resulted in many hotels having to close temporarily or operate well below their capacity. Jobs were lost and income dwindled.
At the end of July 2020, occupancy rates were 60% in China, 48% in the US and 32% in Italy.
Despite a tough 2020 year for the hotel industry, 2021 seems to offer a glimmer of hope as world economies open up to business activities coupled with the distribution of COVID vaccines.
That being said, with the identification of new COVID variants and the long journey to full economic recovery, Many hotels are still implementing Covid-19 safety protocols in adherence with the guidelines of the World Health Organization.
Below are some of the Covid-19 safety measures for hotels. And the new norms you are likely to and should encounter at your hotel arrival.
Covid-19 Safety Measures for Hotels
At the entrance, you should experience a thermal screening to check your temperature as well as a sanitizer to disinfect your hands.
Expect to experience cashless transactions with a complimentary mask and sanitizer.
#3 Common areas
You should notice sanitary products such as sanitizers and wipes across areas like the lobby, coffee shop, elevator. Some hotels also have voice operated elevators to avoid surface contact.
Some Hotels give their customers the option of avoiding housekeeping/cleaning till the duration of their stay. Wipes and sanitizers should be expected.
#5 Recreational facilities
Recreational facilities such as swimming pools and spas may experience temporary closures. Other recreational activities may be limited in accordance to social distancing protocols.
Expect to see dining chairs and tables spaced out in accordance to social distancing protocols. Payment of your food and drink may be required to be done digitally.