COVID-19: Mandatory masks for Hyatt, Ovolo | U.S. industry calls out for help

Hotel industry lays out recovery priorities

The American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA) sent a letter to Congress calling for additional help in several areas, including extending the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) for severely impacted businesses and their employees, creating targeted lending facilities and liquidity measures to help hoteliers meet debt service, and passing tax reforms to benefit both hotel employees and employers. Together, AHLA says these provisions will help ensure hotels can retain and rehire employees, protect employees and guests, keep hotel doors open, and incentivize Americans to travel again when it’s safe. 

Read the full letter

Hyatt says yes to masks

Following medical expert guidance to help reduce the spread of COVID-19, beginning July 27, all Hyatt hotels in the U.S. and Canada will require face coverings within indoor public areas, which include meetings and events spaces, restaurants and bars, and fitness centers. At all Hyatt hotels globally, Hyatt colleagues will continue to wear face masks and additional personal protective equipment based on job specifications. 

Employees at Ovolo will also be masked

Hong Kong-based Ovolo Hotels will now make it compulsory for all front-line, guest facing employees to wear masks. Ovolo recently launched its OC/DC (Obsessive Commitment to Deep Cleaning) initiative to support this.

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