Hyatt is following in Marriott’s footsteps, and will require guests to wear face masks while indoors at its hotels as well.
Hyatt will require guests to wear masks
As of July 27, 2020, and for the foreseeable future, Hyatt will require guests at all US and Canadian properties to wear face coverings in all indoor public spaces.
Hyatt defines public areas as including hotel lobbies, meeting and event spaces, restaurants and bars, and fitness centers. Hyatt notes that some guests may be exempt from this mandate, including guests with medical conditions, guests consuming food or beverages in restaurants, and children under the age of two.
This follows newly published recommendations from the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA), which has created a “Safe Stay Guest Checklist.”
This is a positive, overdue development. We know that face coverings help slow the spread of coronavirus, and it’s a small way we can do our part to stop the spread while still trying to go about our everyday lives.
Hopefully Hyatt hotels do a decent job with enforcing this new requirement. However, given the lack of enforcement I’ve witnessed with hotel employees wearing masks, I’m not sure I’m that optimistic.
Hyatt guests will have to wear masks indoor in public areas
The AHLA’s new coronavirus checklist
As mentioned above, this follows the AHLA’s recently published new guest checklist, intended to show how guests can travel safely while also creating a standardized safety experience nationwide. This checklist includes the following:
- Require face coverings in all indoor public spaces and practice social distancing in all common areas
- Choose contactless options, where available, including online reservations, check-ins, and payments
- Consider daily room cleaning, only if necessary; ask the hotel about your options
- Request contactless room service delivery
- Refrain from traveling if you have, or recently had, any symptoms of COVID-19 or contact with anyone diagnosed with COVID-19
Hyatt properties have physical distancing markers in public areas
As of July 27, Hyatt guests in the US and Canada will have to wear face masks whenever indoors in public areas. This is a great initiative, and I imagine we’ll see more hotel groups follow soon.
What do you make of Hyatt’s new guest mask requirement?