WASHINGTON, D.C. – The American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA) has introduced Safe Stay, an industry-wide enhanced standard of health and safety protocols designed to prepare America’s hotels to welcome back guests and employees as the economy reopens.
The standards of Safe Stay were developed under the guidance of an advisory council, comprised of industry leaders representing all segments of the hotel industry, and in conjunction with public health experts to advance best practices for protecting against COVID-19.
“Safe Stay was developed specifically to ensure enhanced safety for hotel guests and employees. While hotels have always employed demanding cleaning standards, this new initiative will ensure greater transparency and confidence throughout the entire hotel experience,” said AHLA president and CEO Chip Rogers. “The industry’s enhanced hotel cleaning practices, social interactions, and workplace protocols will continue to evolve to meet the new health and safety challenges and expectations presented by COVID-19.”
The Safe Stay guidelines will be revised as needed based on the recommendations of public health authorities, in compliance with any federal, state, and local laws. They include guidance on the following:
– Employee and guest health;
– Employee responsibilities;
– Cleaning products and protocols; and
– Physical distancing.
Development of the Safe Stay initiative included guidance from Ecolab, a global leader in cleaning and disinfecting solutions and services which collaborates with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), World Health Organization (WHO) and other organizations to help establish and promote best practice guidance, training, and solutions. For more than 90 years, Ecolab has partnered with the hotel industry to provide cleaner, safer, and healthier environments for employees and guests.