Read This Before You Stay in a Hotel

Hotel stays may not be the best move, but if you must, here’s how to do it safely

Cortney Clift
Elemental
Published in
7 min readJun 15, 2020

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Hotel bookings are still at a record low, but travelers are beginning to consider reserving rooms this summer as states reopen. Whether you’re planning a hotel stay for pleasure or out of necessity, you should first read through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s list of considerations for travelers — there are a number of new risks and health safety precautions you’ll need to consider before and throughout your stay in a hotel. Beyond those basics, here’s a detailed guide to how public health experts suggest staying safe during your next hotel stay.

How hotels are responding to Covid-19

America’s major hotel chains know that cleanliness is a top concern for travelers right now. In response, most have rolled out increased cleaning protocols that they’ve made available online.

Hilton recently announced its “Hilton CleanStay,” which includes new practices like extra disinfecting of high touch areas in guest rooms, increased cleaning of public areas, and a room seal to visually indicate that the room hasn’t been accessed since it was disinfected. Similar measures are being taken at chains like Hyatt, Marriott, and throughout IHG’s 5,000…

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Cortney Clift
Elemental

Cortney Clift is a Brooklyn-based journalist who writes about food, travel, and wellness.