“Like all Americans, we are excited for a return to normal life, which includes travel. The recent CDC guidelines for vaccinated Americans lifting certain face-covering restrictions was welcome news and should help speed up a much-needed recovery,” said AHLA president Chip Rogers. “As an industry, our primary concerns have always been guest and worker safety. Hotels rose to the challenge of the public health crisis through Safe Stay, an industry-wide health and safety initiative established in cooperation with AHLA. Throughout the pandemic our Safe Stay guidelines continued to evolve to align with the current environment and CDC guidelines, and the same will be true as we work to reopen.”
Considering the recent announcement by the CDC that fully vaccinated people don’t need to wear a mask or physically distance in most settings, Rogers said the Safe Stay guidelines will relax mask requirements for fully vaccinated hotel guests.
“At this time, we are not asking hotels to require proof of vaccination status, but we do ask that all guests and workers, vaccinated or not, respect and honor these revised guidelines,” Rogers said. “Unvaccinated guests should wear face coverings and practice physical distancing at all times in public settings.”
Rogers said until further notice and based on future CDC recommendations, hotel employees will still be required to wear face coverings indoors. For vaccinated employees working outdoors and not in close contact with others, AHLA’s guidelines will allow hotels to ease face-covering requirements. However, Rogers said hotels must follow local and state laws that go beyond CDC recommendations.