Hotel industry trade group the American Hotel & Lodging Association says fully vaccinated guests should no longer have to wear masks at hotels in accordance with CDC guidance. The CDC also says they no longer have to social distance in most circumstances, either.
The hotel lobby shop says their “Safe Stay guidelines will relax mask requirements for guests who are fully vaccinated” and is “not asking hotels to require proof of vaccination status at this time.” Unvaccinated guests, though, should continue to wear masks.
- It’s only U.S. guidance and doesn’t apply worldwide
- Some cities and states still require masks
- And how this applies at each hotel chain and property varies
Marriott no longer requires mask wearing indoors for fully vaccinated guests at U.S. properties except where it’s required by law,
At our U.S. hotels, guests who are fully vaccinated are no longer required to wear face coverings or follow social distancing, unless mandated by a local jurisdiction or state.
Hilton still requires masks indoors. A spokesperson says,
Hilton Team Members in the United States will continue to wear masks when interacting with guests indoors or in public areas on property.
As guidelines begin to be relaxed around the world, our hotels will ask guests and visitors to practice social distancing and wear face coverings only where it makes sense to do so, including in indoor public areas and in jurisdictions where it remains required.
Similar to Marriott, Hyatt no longer requires vaccinated guests to wear masks indoors at U.S. properties. Employees will continue to mask. Guests at hotels elsewhere in the world must continue to wear masks.
For some this will be a competitive differentiator. Even travelers who have been very pro-mask feel that lifting of mandates is part of the return to normal they’re looking for in travel, and that while precautions remain in force they’re less likely to travel (as much).
Individuals can still choose to wear masks. This doesn’t protect them from others via source control but if they’re vaccinated with an mRNA vaccine they don’t need to worry nearly as much and virus prevalence in the U.S. has nosedived in any case.
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