Disinfecting Tunnels & More: The Health Measures Some Resorts Are Rolling Out
Anna Kroupina, Open Jaw
With an eye to accommodating guests post-COVID-19, an increasing number of hotels and resorts are announcing advanced safety and cleanliness initiatives for their properties.
Beyond more thorough and frequent cleaning of guestrooms and public spaces, installing additional hand sanitizer stations, and ensuring physical distancing between guests, some properties are announcing additional measures to ensure guest safety and peace of mind.
Here are a few of the initiatives being rolled out by well-known resorts.
AMResorts, RIU, and Palladium Hotel Group say they will perform guest temperature checks upon arrival.
As previously reported,Palladiumsays it will check the temperatures of employees and suppliers in addition to guests, "especially in the entrance areas and closed spaces, such as restaurants, the gym, spa and children’s area."
Palace Resorts and Le Blanc Spa Resorts, which will also be checking employee temperatures, say team members will be required to walk through a "disinfecting tunnel" upon arriving.
Palace Resorts and Le Blanc Spa Resorts say team members will pass through a “disinfecting tunnel” upon arriving at the property. Photo credit: Palace Resorts.
At AMResorts and Palace, guests will be asked to sign a health declaration confirming they are "free of any COVID-19 related symptoms, have not had tested positive or come into contact with anyone that has tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 30 days."
Guests’ luggage will also be disinfected upon arrival to the resort, say Palladium, Palace and AMResorts.
In guest rooms, Palace says rooms will undergo a complete disinfection process using an "electrostatic nebulizer system," while sanitation tablets will be installed in air conditioning units to eliminate potential viruses and bacteria. Guest rooms will also be equipped with personal hygiene kits including antibacterial gel, facemasks for optional use, and disinfecting wipes. Palace says all public areas will be sanitized daily with an "electrostatic mist system."
Palace Resorts says floor markers will help ensure that guests maintain physical distancing guidelines. Photo credit: Palace Resorts.
Concerning food services, Palace says it will remove all buffets. Physical menus at restaurants will be disinfected after each use and guests will be "highly encouraged" to view menus through the resort app, Palace adds. Food and beverage team members will be required to wash their hands "every 30 minutes."
As Open Jaw previously reported,RIUsays it will implement set lunch and dinner sittings in restaurants alongside reduced seating capacity and compulsory hand disinfection on entry.
Palladium, AMResorts, Palace and RIU have also each stated they will require staff to wear face masks, with Palace adding that its team will replace their masks every four hours.
Anna Kroupina Journalist
Anna is OJ's newest member and she joins the team as a writer/reporter. She co-writes the daily news and covers events. Although she's new to the industry, pursuing a career path in travel/tourism has been a goal since her first family road trip to the Florida Keys sparked a desire to discover the world and this exhilarating, fast-paced industry.