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COVID-19, caused by a coronavirus called SARS-CoV-2, has hammered the lodging industry harder than any event ever before. Every element of a hotel’s operation has been impacted—from cleaning & maintenance to food and beverage. Many hotel companies are responding aggressively with revamped operations plans. What we all can agree on is that hotels may never be the same again. This area of Green Lodging News highlights the latest news and trends. Contact Glenn Hasek, editor, at (813) 510-3868, or by e-mail at: greenlodgingnews@gmail.com.

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COVID-19, caused by a coronavirus called SARS-CoV-2, has hammered the lodging industry harder than any event ever before. Every element of a hotel’s operation has been impacted—from cleaning & maintenance to food and beverage. Many hotel companies are responding aggressively with revamped operations plans. What we all can agree on is that hotels may never be the same again. This area of Green Lodging News highlights the latest news and trends. Contact Glenn Hasek, editor, at (813) 510-3868, or by e-mail at: greenlodgingnews@gmail.com.

California Guide Offers New Meeting Best Practices

Different companies and associations have been implementing programs to help bring back meetings to their hotels. The CEO of Wynn Resorts recently talked about creating safe zones. The California Hotel and Lodging Association just released its “Clean + Safe Guidance for Meetings and Events,” providing COVID-19 health safety protocols for California hotels as they prepare to reopen for individual meetings and events. The Guidance incorporates recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the California Department of Public Health and Cal/OSHA and is aligned with CHLA’s guidelines for individual travel that was issued in April. The 11-page Guidance focuses on...

ASID Looks to the Future of Design in New Report

WASHINGTON, D.C.—As all industries tackle the ongoing effects of COVID-19, the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) has sought to understand the resiliency of the design industry and profession through times of uncertainty. The 2020 ASID Interior Design Resiliency Report has released the results from its first phase, conducted during the summer of 2020 in partnership with Cosentino, Benjamin Moore and Emerald to further investigate interior design resilience by examining the impact of the pandemic, the response from the interior design community and the changes necessary in design to move forward. “In their day-to-day work, design professionals are creative problem-solvers...

PlasmaGuard Provides Solution to Destroy Airborne & Surface Pathogens

ANN ARBOR, MICH.—PlasmaGuard, LLC introduces two NEW “indoor air purification and pathogen destruction systems”—PlasmaGuard PRO and PlasmaGuard ELITE. These commercial strength patented UL rated technologies are the “best available” solutions to destroy 99.9 percent of viruses, bacteria, mold/fungi, allergens, asthma triggers, VOCs, odors and more, within any occupied environment on the market today. Awakened by the Coronavirus pandemic, we understand human health can quickly be affected negatively by airborne pathogens; 1) through the recirculation of harmful polluted air; 2) through harmful surface contamination; and 3) through human-to-human contact and interaction. PlasmaGuard has the best-proven technology to tackle two of these three...

Room Mate Hotels Joins with Quirónprevención to Offer Free Covid-19 Tests to Guests

MADRID, SPAIN—Room Mate Hotels, in collaboration with Quirónprevención, is set to become the first hotel chain to offer free COVID-19 tests to its guests. From mid-October—with the help of fully-qualified healthcare professionals from Quirónprevención—the company will offer rapid antigen tests for guests checking in at its hotels, as well as providing them with a symptom tracking service throughout their stay, using an app. In order to ensure safety and peace of mind for both its external and internal clients, these antigen tests will also be provided for all the company’s employees, to ensure their safety in the workplace. According to...

New GBAC STAR Facility Directory Released

NORTHBROOK, ILL.—The Global Biorisk Advisory Council (GBAC), a Division of ISSA, launched its GBAC STAR Facility Directory. This new web-based tool allows users to identify facilities that have earned or committed to achieve GBAC STAR accreditation, the designation reserved for facilities that have demonstrated a thorough approach to cleaning, disinfection, and infection prevention. “We’re excited to unveil this new tool to help the public discover which facilities are taking important steps forward with their approach to cleaning,” said GBAC Executive Director Patricia Olinger. “The GBAC STAR program has more than 250 facilities accredited and 3,000-plus committed to accreditation in more than 80 countries,...

AmpliVox Rolls Out Acrylic Safety Shields

NORTHBROOK, ILL.—AmpliVox Sound Systems has introduced acrylic safety shields for lecterns, podiums, tables, and other work surfaces. The new shields are designed to help protect single individuals or many individuals standing or sitting from airborne virus transmission potentially spread by talking, coughing, or sneezing. They are perfect for all conference and meeting rooms, hospitality settings, schools, entry and check-in areas, point-of-sale locations, and more. The see-through safety shields are made in the USA of rugged ¼” acrylic, and are secured to a lectern or table surface easily and securely in minutes using convenient mounting rails and adhesive strips, or clamps....

Survey: 9 in 10 Voters Support Congress Passing Another COVID Relief Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Americans are concerned about the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on all aspects of the economy, and 90 percent support Congress passing another economic stimulus bill to help distressed small businesses and employees, according to a new survey of registered voters conducted by Morning Consult and commissioned by the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA). A resounding 89 percent agree that Congress should remain in session until reaching an agreement on an economic stimulus package. “Millions of Americans are out of work, and thousands of small businesses are dying,” said Chip Rogers, President and CEO of AHLA. “It is...

Red Carnation Hotels Implements Self-Disinfecting Solution

LONDON—Red Carnation Hotels, a collection of 20 boutique hotels in the United Kingdom, Ireland, Geneva, South Africa, Botswana and Palm Beach, has implemented Premium Purity, an effective and sustainable self-disinfection solution. Through a proprietary coating, the company renders its hotel surfaces self-disinfecting and they become an active participant in the continuous decomposition of microbes such as bacteria and viruses, and pollutants such as volatile organic compounds (VOCs). This solution also enables an environmentally friendly, daily cleaning system based on water and salt, meaning that traditional cleaning products can be removed from hotels, and further improve the wellbeing of staff and guests. Jonathan...

Russkap Holdings, LLC Announces Touch-less Water Dispensing Unit

MIAMI—“No-touch dispensing process helps prevent the spread of COVID 19 in your home or office,” states Russkap Holdings CEO Ed Russo, a leading environmental expert in clean water. The unit is available for schools, hospitals, offices, military, and replaces existing water fountains. “The Tiffany AWG model is currently the only model on the market that offers no-touch dispensing, while using the EPA recommended ozone treatment for clean, safe water for all,” says Russkap President Yehuda Kaploun. Once plugged in, there is no need for anyone possibly spreading germs, bringing water to your home or office. Safe, Secure, Clean Water Source Russkap Holdings is the...

Wynn Resorts CEO Offers Vision to Accelerate Return of Events & Entertainment to Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS—In an Op-Ed published by The Nevada Independent, Wynn Resorts CEO Matt Maddox offers insight on how to get Las Vegas entertainment, nightlife, and conventions back up and running safely. The multi-layered approach is centered around a robust health and safety plan and the implementation of an on-site testing lab located at Wynn Las Vegas. Following is the Op-Ed in full as originally published, detailing how the introduction of rapid tests and the creation of “safe zones” will accelerate Nevada’s recovery: “As a long-standing member of the Las Vegas community and the current CEO of Wynn Resorts, I have been...