Update, 7/23: IHG hotels will require face masks in US/Canada hotels starting on 7/27 as well.
Update, 7/22: After Hyatt announced this rule will only apply in US/Canada hotels, Marriott has decided to only implement this change in their US/Canada hotels.
Update, 7/21: Hyatt will match Marriott’s face mask policy starting on 7/27 as well, but it will only apply in the US and Canada.
Originally posted on 7/20:
The requirement applies in all indoor public spaces of Marriott hotels and will go into effect on 7/27.
I’d expect other chains to match those requirements as well, just as happened in the airline industry.
But I have an ask for the hotel industry.
Chain after chain announced last year that they will switch from personal toiletries to shared bulk dispensers in 2020.
Those dispensers creeped me out before COVID-19 as anyone can put anything in them and indeed, sick people have put some pretty gross stuff in them. I don’t want to think of the people that used the shower before me and those dispensers are a reminder of that. Plus, how often are they actually cleaned? Some refillable dispensers in hotels have been shown to have mold and bacteria growing in them.
But those plans seem downright foolish in a world where we don’t want to touch surfaces used by others in fear of spreading a deadly pandemic. Especially surfaces like dispensers that are difficult to properly clean.
Hotels should announce that those plans have been shelved. Grocery stores have banned reusable shopping bags. Going green with reusable high-touch items like toiletry dispensers aren’t compatible with consumer needs in the COVID-19 era.