You Might Not Need A Mask During Your Hotel Stay This Summer

You Might Not Need A Mask During Your Hotel Stay This Summer

In a move that certainly proves that yes, things are slowly but surely going back to normal, there’s a new report that suggests you may not be required to wear a mask during your hotel stay this summer, but only if you are fully vaccinated. Here’s what you need to know.

You Might Not Need A Mask During Your Hotel Stay This Summer


If you’ve already received your vaccination, you can ditch that mask during your next trip, according to the American Hotel and Lodging Association. Chip Rogers, president and CEO of the American Hotel & Lodging Association, on updated face-covering and physical distancing guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), made the announcement through a press statement this week.

“Like all Americans, we are excited for a return to normal life, which includes travel. The recent CDC guidelines for vaccinated Americans lifting certain face-covering restrictions was welcome news and should help speed up a much-needed recovery. As an industry, our primary concerns have always been guest and worker safety. Hotels rose to the challenge of the public health crisis through Safe Stay, an industry-wide health and safety initiative established in cooperation with AHLA. Throughout the pandemic our Safe Stay guidelines continued to evolve to align with the current environment and CDC guidelines, and the same will be true as we work to reopen.”

This is great news for not only those who have received their shots, but also for those who are looking for a little pre-pandemic normalcy back in their lives. While the CDC said that masks are no longer needed in both indoor and outdoor settings for those who are vaccinated, there are still some people who want to keep their masks on for their own personal protection and safety.

With that said though, Rogers added that hotel employees will be keeping their masks on for now. He added,

“As we await further direction on how CDC guidance applies to business, hotel employees — who are the backbone of our industry — should continue to wear face-coverings indoors for the time being and follow local business and workplace guidance. For vaccinated employees working outside, or not in close contact with others, our guidelines will permit hotels to implement protocols easing face-covering requirements. Of course, all hotels are required to follow state and local requirements which may go beyond what is recommended by the CDC.”

Tell us, how you do feel about this? Are you planning any trips this summer? If so, will you be staying close to home, going on a cruise, or traveling internationally for the first time in a year? Drop us a line with your thoughts in our comments section below. Also, don’t forget to come back to The Go Family for all the latest updates on Covid-19 related travel news right here.


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Joanna Mazewski
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