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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.

Hyatt Issues Statement on 1,300 Corporate Layoffs

CHICAGO—Due to the historic drop in travel demand and the expected slow pace of recovery, Hyatt has made the extremely difficult decision to implement layoffs and restructure roles across its global corporate functions, beginning June 1, 2020. These actions will impact around 1,300 colleagues around the world. Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, Hyatt has taken numerous actions in an effort to meet the challenges the industry is facing including reductions of company-wide expenditures, extended salary reductions for the Senior Leadership Team and Board of Directors, and temporary work and/or pay reductions for all corporate colleagues. Unfortunately, with increased...

New Aqualogic Faucet Includes Ozone Generator

HILLSIDE, ILL.—The Aqualogic Ozone Faucet Line is the first conventional hot/cold faucet line that is also an ecologically safe way to clean food, and any other water-safe surface without any chemicals or chemical residue. Available as a standard single hole or pull out side spout, the faucets feature a small, thin ozone generator that uses regular house current to economically and naturally produce ozone water. The Aqueous Ozone produced is a powerful, clinically proven and extensively tested broad-spectrum microbiological agent which kills viruses, bacteria, mold, yeast and algae within seconds of contact. An Aqualogic Faucet is the easiest and most...

California Faucets Launches ‘Wash Your Paws’ Campaign

HUNTINGTON BEACH, CALIF.—Although CaliforniaFaucets has paused standard operations during the COVID-19-related “stay at home” orders, the company remains hard at work to help keep employees, friends, and neighbors safe. In addition to using its 3D printers to generate components to produce hospital masks and face guards critical for front-line medical professionals, the company has produced a public service announcement dubbed, the “Wash Your Paws” campaign to encourage nationwide handwashing while bringing a smile to peoples’ faces. “After pausing all non-essential operations to protect the health of our employees and community, we asked ourselves, ‘What else we can do?’” says Jeff...

Clean Point Safety Shields Now Available from T2 Site Amenities

HIGHLAND PARK, ILL.—COVID-19 has stressed our human to human interactions. To avoid infections safety shields are used to protect workers and customers from droplet transmission. T2 Site Amenities is now offering a wide range of shields. The shields are made in the USA and constructed from ¼” thick polycarbonate. Both “desktop” and standing shields are available. Contact gerri@t2-sa.com, by phone at (847)-579-9003, or go to www.t2-sa.com for more information.

MGM Provides Critical Resources, Support to Community Partners

LAS VEGAS—MGM Resorts International recently announced a broad range of donations and initiatives intended to help alleviate supply shortages and support local communities through the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. By leveraging its supply chain, procurement capabilities, distribution systems, supplier network and other resources, MGM is delivering on a daily basis, urgent logistical support to help manage supply shortages of critical items. “We are leveraging the resources of our company to make a difference by delivering much-needed support and product where it is most required. We are committed to providing relief to medical staff and others who are on the front line...

Choice Hotels Announces Commitment to Clean Initiative

ROCKVILLE, MD.—Building on the existing dedication to cleanliness at its nearly 6,000 franchised hotels in the United States, Choice Hotels International, Inc. announced a new initiative: Commitment to Clean. The initiative is Choice Hotels’ holistic approach to supplying franchisees and their employees with the tools they need to help Choice-branded hotels achieve superior levels of cleanliness, and address health and safety concerns associated with the COVID-19 pandemic. Commitment to Clean leverages Choice’s long-standing relationship with Ecolab, the industry expert and global leader in water, hygiene and infection prevention technologies and services; guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the...

FACE MASKS

Sterling Sleep Systems Sterling Sleep Systems Offering Face Masks with SaniCare by Cramer Sterling Sleep Systems, maker of sustainable mattresses with interchangeable, replaceable parts, has switched manufacturing gears to meet the needs of hotels in need of face masks. Its 100 percent cotton face masks are 2-ply and include 1/4" elastic strips. They are machine washable and made in the USA. The face masks feature SaniCare by Cramer: a special cleaning method for cotton that, when appropriately used, inhibits the production of mildew and fungus and destroys the conditions supporting the proliferation of house dust-mites. Call (714) 891-3191 for more information. Sterling...

Aramark to Manufacture Essential Protective Gear to Support COVID-19 Response

PHILADELPHIA—In keeping with its 84-year history of answering the call for assistance in times of need, Aramark announced its Uniform Services division has redeployed production lines in order to manufacture essential personal protective equipment (PPE) for the heroes working in hospitals and in other critical roles across the United States. Aramark, a global leader in food, facilities management and uniforms, converted its uniforms manufacturing plants, which ordinarily produce lab coats, work shirts, pants, and coveralls, to produce respirator and medical masks, scrubs and isolation gowns. In just one week, Aramark converted its facilities to design the products, re-engineer and configure...

Radisson Announces Hotels Safety Protocol, Cleanliness Label

BRUSSELS—Radisson Hotel Group announces its Radisson Hotels Safety Protocol, a new program of in-depth cleanliness and disinfection procedures, in partnership with SGS, the world’s leading inspection, verification, testing and certification company. One of Radisson Hotel Group’s highest priorities is the continued health, safety and security of its guests, team members, and business partners. The company has conducted a thorough review of all existing health and safety processes and worked with a team of experts to develop and validate additional protocols. These enhanced protocols, operational guidance and comprehensive health and safety procedures validated by SGS, will be adapted based on local requirements and...

Caribbean Has Achieved COVID-19 Containment, Says Researcher

BRIDGETOWN, BARBADOS—The coronavirus (COVID-19) has been contained in the English-speaking Caribbean and Haiti, according to a leading researcher and academic. However, Dr. Clive Landis, pro-vice-chancellor for undergraduate studies and research, and professor of cardiovascular research at the University of the West Indies (UWI) Cave Hill campus in Barbados, and the chairman of the UWI COVID-19 task force, says this does not mean that the Caribbean is out of danger. Landis, the guest on last week’s Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) podcast, COVID-19: The Unwelcome Visitor, led the research into the progress of the virus in the 15-member Caribbean Community, as well as...