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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.

Violet Defense UV Disinfection Proven 99 Percent Effective

ORLANDO, FLA.—Violet Defense, the only known manufacturer of pulsed Xenon UV disinfection devices that can be installed and operated autonomously, has announced that its technology has been independently validated to kill up to 99.99 percent of Human coronavirus, strain 229E, an accepted testing surrogate for the SARS-COV-2 virus, at a distance of 2 meters. “Our goal as a company has always been to help protect the everyday places where people live, work, and play by providing clinical level disinfection from harmful germs at a cost-effective price point. This is more important than ever during this pandemic, as we try to...

Some Ways to Door Sanitize, Reduce the Risk of its Opening, Closing

INTERNATIONAL REPORT—With the onset of COVID-19, doors have become the untouchables yet somehow you have got to make your way through as unscathed as possible. Fortunately, myriad suppliers are offering innovative devices to make the door experience as virus and touch free as possible. Examples of the devices include a simple key made of antimicrobial brass that you use to push a door open, a no-touch door pull handle that allows one to use one’s wrist or bottom of one’s arm to open a door, a door handle cuff utilized by resting ones forearm into the cuff and pressing...

Sofidel Launches New Door Hand Towel Dispensers

FORT WASHINGTON, PENN.—Sofidel, a leading global provider of paper for hygienic and domestic use, launched its Papernet Heavenly Soft Door Tissue and Defend Tech hand towel dispensers. With heightened concerns around hygiene in public facilities—particularly in restrooms—the Door Tissue promotes cleanliness by turning restroom doors into touchless exits and eliminating contact with other high-traffic touchpoints such as elevator buttons. The Defend Tech dispensers feature unique silver-ion technology that repels germs and helps further reduce the risk of contaminated hands and surfaces. “Some customers form perceptions of a business based on the level of hygiene in the facility, especially its restrooms,” said Fabio Vitali, Vice President, Marketing, Sofidel America. “Solutions like our Door Tissue and the Defend Tech dispensers allow businesses to help customers feel safe and stay clean.” Paired with a waste receptacle, the Door Tissue can reduce touchpoints in a variety of environments. Restaurants, retailers, office...

Protect-A-Bed Introduces New Level of Viral Barrier Protection

WHEELING, ILL.—Protect-A-Bed has recently undergone independent lab testing to ensure their products meet the evolving needs of the hospitality industry. Protect-A-Bed is pleased to announce that their mattress and pillow protectors have passed the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) highest standard for Viral Barrier Penetration (ASTM F1671). “Our newest viral barrier protection products should provide greater peace of mind that is crucial in today’s climate,” says Bob Burbank, CEO at Protect-A-Bed. “ The independent laboratory testing certifies that these products meet or exceed the CDC’s Level 4 standard, thereby ensuring that Protect-A-Bed’s viral barrier products provide the...

Organic Alcohol Company Offering Safe, Effective Sanitizer Line

ASHLAND, ORE.—The Organic Alcohol Company (OAC) has once again risen to consumer demands and is offering a new line of sanitizers that are fragrance-free and gentle on the hands using top of the line ingredients. Many sanitizers being sold have an unpleasant odor or potentially dangerous levels of toxic chemicals. This is another reason The Organic Alcohol Company decided to create hand sanitizer with pure, pharmaceutical, and food-grade ingredients, ensuring consumers are receiving a high-quality product that is safe to use. When The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) fast-tracked the approved production of hand sanitizers in direct response...

Leading Tribal Casino to Reopen with UV-C Air Disinfection

VALENCIA, CALIF.—UltraViolet Devices, Inc. (UVDI) announced it is partnering with the Mole Lake Casino Lodge and Conference Center to provide seven Air Disinfection systems for the Tribal casino’s air handling units. The UVDI V-MAX Grid Air Disinfection Systems are an integral part of the casino’s plan to reopen with enhanced coronavirus disinfection protocols to help protect guests and employees. Mole Lake Casino Lodge is installing a custom-configured UVDI V-MAX GRID system that uses high-output UV-C lamps with proven scientific confirmation of 99 percent coronavirus inactivation and which meet CDC and ASHRAE Airborne Infection Control guidelines. UVDI’s proprietary software system incorporates...

SMARTLINEN Pink Face Masks Support Breast Cancer Awareness

MIAMI—SMARTLINEN has converted some of its production to produce CDC approved washable face masks. After receiving an overwhelming response, the company identified a way to raise awareness and money for a great cause. Historically, hotels have celebrated October as breast cancer awareness month with select promotions that make a small difference. This year SMARTLINEN challenges the industry to embrace its campaign BE SMART, WEAR PINK and outfit your team in Hot Pink Signature Antimicrobial Face Masks for the month of October. SMARTLINEN will donate a portion of each purchase to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation Fundraiser. Go to www.getsmartlinen.com...

Hyatt Announces Face Coverings Requirement for Guests at Hotels in the Americas

CHICAGO—All Hyatt hotels in the Americas will require face coverings within indoor public areas, which include meetings and events spaces, restaurants and bars, and fitness centers. Guests are also required to wear face coverings while moving around in outdoor areas. Some guests may be exempt from this mandate, including but not limited to people with medical conditions, consuming food or beverages in restaurants, and children under the age of two years. Guests who are not wearing face coverings indoors will be asked to wear one, and at all Hyatt hotels, face masks will be made available to guests who do not...

TrustYou’s Relief Pack Includes Trusted Cleanliness Badge

SAN DIEGO—TrustYou, the company dedicated to helping companies win through the power of listening, launches the exclusive hotel Relief Pack to support hoteliers in their mission to prioritize cleanliness and turn it into a key strength. The Relief Pack includes two exciting new features of the TrustYou platform: the Trusted Cleanliness badge and the Public Health review category. As part of their new Recovery Race campaign focused on COVID-19 recovery resources, training, and expert guidelines, the company now launches product features that leverage today’s most important hotel amenities: cleanliness and safety. TrustYou’s exclusive Trusted Cleanliness badge is available for any...

Mashpi Lodge Reopens the Rainforest, Protects Health & Safety of Its Guests

QUITO, ECUADOR—After three-and-a-half months with its doors locked, curtains drawn, and only a skeleton crew onsite, Mashpi Lodge has begun welcoming explorers to experience the beauty of the rainforest again. A cocoon in the clouds within the 6,000-acre Mashpi Rainforest Reserve near Quito, Ecuador, Mashpi Lodge has spent the pandemic pause productively, implementing more than 30 protocols and measures designed to prioritize the health and safety of guests and staff, surpassing even the “Safe Travels” protocols recommended by the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC). Team members of Mashpi Lodge have been thoroughly trained and tested on every new detail...