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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.

Ecolab’s EcoSure & Lobster Ink Offer Programs to Help Combat COVID-19

ST. PAUL, MINN.—EcoSure and Lobster Ink, Ecolab divisions focused on food safety and public health, are offering COVID-19 assessment and training programs to help food service and hospitality customers protect their employees and guests and restore safe and profitable operations. “Prevention is the best protection,” said Mandy Sedlak, EcoSure manager for Food Safety and Public Health. “By training frontline employees on COVID-19 prevention, providing coaching on best practices and enhancing standard operating procedures (SOPs), we will help arm food service teams with the right knowledge and tools to combat this pandemic.” In addition to Ecolab’s cleaning and disinfecting, hygiene and warewashing...

Cut Off COVID-19’s Plumbing Pathway Through Your Building

With all the precautions you are taking to protect your guests and staff against COVID-19, you should pay special attention to your drains and pipes. The interconnection of all parts of a hotel building by the wastewater plumbing system makes it vulnerable. The plumbing can be the conduit for the spread of the virus and stagnating water could increase the growth of Legionella bacteria and other pathogens. A recent article published in The Lancet explains how wastewater plumbing systems have the potential to enable airborne transmission of COVID-19. Buildings that have gone dormant for long stretches of time are especially...

Hyatt Announces Global Care & Cleanliness Commitment

CHICAGO—Hyatt announced a Global Care & Cleanliness Commitment to further enhance its operational guidance and resources around colleague and guest safety and peace of mind. The multi-layered commitment builds on Hyatt’s existing rigorous protocols and will include an accreditation process by the Global Biorisk Advisory Council (GBAC) at all hotels around the world, colleague training and support resources, and a cross-functional working group of medical experts and industry professionals that will contribute to various aspects of the hotel experience. “The world as we knew it has been fundamentally changed by COVID-19 and when we are all ready to travel again,...

Echo Resorts Keeps Employees Busy During Trying Times

Malaysia’s Echo Resorts, the owning company for Gayana Marine Resort, Bunga Raya Island Resort and Borneo Eagle Resort, is keeping busy amidst the worldwide pandemic caused by the corona virus. While its hotel division is not operating due to global travel restrictions and the Movement Control Order imposed by the Malaysian government, it’s business as usual, if not more, for the other divisions. Organic Food Supply Its Borneo Eco Fish Farm by Bayu Aquaculture Sdn Bhd and Green-Os organic vegetable farm are seeing rising orders from consumers and restaurants since the pandemic began. Borneo Eco Fish Farm rears an assortment of...

AHLA Launches ‘Safe Stay’ for Enhanced Industry-wide Hotel Cleaning Standards

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA) launched “Safe Stay,” an initiative focused on enhanced hotel cleaning practices, social interactions, and workplace protocols to meet the new health and safety challenges and expectations presented by COVID-19. Safe Stay will seek to change hotel industry norms, behaviors and standards to ensure both hotel guests and employees are confident in the cleanliness and safety of hotels once travel resumes. “Every hotel guest and employee should know that their health and safety are our top priority,” said Chip Rogers, President and CEO of AHLA. “Safe Stay represents a new level of focus...

National Restaurant Association Issues Guidance for Restaurants Readying to Reopen

CHICAGO—The National Restaurant Association’s ServSafe team has released guidance to help restaurants restart when the nation begins reopening its businesses. Download the Restaurant Reopening Guidance. ServSafe partnered with the Food and Drug Administration, public health officials, industry representatives, academia, the Conference for Food Protection, and Ecolab Inc., to create protocols for restaurants to reopen safely. Additionally, the document incorporates recommendations from FDA’s just-released Best Practices for Retail Food Stores, Restaurants, and Food Pick-Up/Delivery Services During the COVID-19 Pandemic. The guidance offers instruction on how to begin serving customers in partial and full-service capacities. The Association encourages combining the guidelines with existing corporate policies,...

Busch Systems Introduces Antimicrobial Recycling & Waste Receptacles

BARRIE, ONT.—Busch Systems introduces recycling and waste receptacles made with CuVerro Shield protection, a U.S. EPA and Health Canada PMRA registered antimicrobial solution that kills greater than 99.9 percent of bacteria* within two hours. CuVerro Shield by Aereus Technologies is an antimicrobial copper alloy solution that kills greater than 99.9 percent of bacteria* within two hours and continues to kill more than 99.9 percent of bacteria* even after repeated contamination. The coating is tarnish-resistant, will not wash off, wear away or oxidize. In addition, CuVerro Shield is made from up to 100 percent recycled copper material and is 100 percent...

National Bio-Safe Unveils Bio-Stop Alcohol Cleaner

BOCA RATON, FLA.—National Bio-Safe, which for over 35 years has been dealing with infectious disease, compromised physical locations, mold remediation and pathogens and which has developed protocols to provide the most up-to-date safety, cleaning procedures and products, announced the availability of its breakthrough cleaner Bio-Stop. Bio-Stop meets the CDC.gov recommendations as one of the ways to clean because its solution contains at least 70 percent alcohol, to disinfect commercial and residential spaces. “Bio-Stop has a fast-acting proprietary solution infused with 70 percent alcohol with the remainder being natural ingredients. Alcohol solutions with at least 70 percent are a critical choice,...

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Hyatt Launches Hyatt Care Fund to Aid Global Colleagues

CHICAGO—The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the hospitality industry around the world, leading to temporary leaves or significantly reduced work schedules for many members of the global Hyatt family. In a focused effort to help the colleagues who are most financially impacted by COVID-19, Hyatt has launched the Hyatt Care Fund. The Hyatt Care Fund is a program designed to support colleagues with the most pressing financial needs due to COVID-19, through a series of coordinated efforts around the world. Impacted Hyatt colleagues in owned, managed and franchised hotels and in Hyatt’s corporate offices around the world are eligible to apply. The...