What an adventure the past couple of weeks have been for all of us—with news developments impacting our industry dramatically—a new president who immediately announced a new COVID-19 advisory task force, the news that Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine could be up to 90 percent effective, yet day upon day of records for new virus cases that are certainly keeping travelers from wanting to travel to hotels in those hot spots. Without getting political here, please keep up the mask wearing, the hand washing, the social distancing, and require those of your guests.
I dropped my son off at his after-care program this past week and the teen welcoming the kids was not wearing a mask. I frequently see the same in other public places. Yes, after all this time there are those who are refusing, forgetting, you name it, to wear masks and it is impacting us all. Five people in my wife’s family got the virus and one in my own; it is not anything to take lightly. Two of those people were hospitalized with pneumonia. As of today, 246,291 have died in our country from COVID-19. And to think that simple gestures could have saved so many of those lives. It is truly one of the most shameful moments in our country’s history.
I have reminded people numerous times when I have seen them not wearing masks. Sometimes people just forget. I spoke with a friend this week and his wife confronted a man in a Costco who was not wearing a mask. My friend said the man went crazy. I certainly hope the guests who visit your property are more respectful. That said, prepare your staff in how to handle those who refuse to don a mask. (This article may help you.)
Safe Stay Has Been a Success
I must say that our industry and its suppliers have done a great job responding to COVID-19. Keep up the good work. The American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA) just reported that its Safe Stay initiative continues to grow with endorsements coming from leading scientists, physicians and public health experts in epidemiology and infectious disease.
Each day I receive news from companies introducing products and services to keep your guests and team members safe. It is amazing how much a crisis can drive innovation. Keep reading Green Lodging News each day for these announcements. I have done my best to post only safe and non-toxic solutions. Oftentimes, the products I write about simply use water—either heated or manipulated in some way.
Do not hesitate to contact me with news about a product or service that has been helpful to you. I will share it with my readers. Only together and as a team are we going to make it through this.
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