Another of the largest hotel conglomerates in the country is mandating face mask use for all of its customers. Last week, Orlando-based Wyndham Hotels and Resorts announced that all visitors to its properties in the United States and Canada would be required to wear masks in public areas.
“We all must play a role in slowing the spread of COVID-19,” said Geoff Ballotti, president and CEO, Wyndham Hotels & Resorts in a public statement. “This is a simple step we can take to help protect guests, team members, franchisees, and the countless communities we serve.”
Wyndham currently operates over 9,000 hotels across almost two dozen brands around the world. Flagship brands include Howard Johnson, La Quinta, Super 8 and Travelodge.
The mask requirement only applies to Wyndham properties in the United States and in Canada and is part of the brand’s Count on Us initiative, which outlines a variety of measures that the hotels are taking to ensure traveler safety.
In rolling out the new rules, Wyndham follows several peers in mandating the uses of masks across its network.
Late in July, hotel giant Marriott was among the first to take a stand by requiring all travelers to wear masks in public while on hotel property. Efforts across that chain, which is popular among business travelers, went into effect on July 27th.
Days after Marriott’s announcement, IHG and Hyatt, two other hotel giants launched similar initiatives that went into effect on the same day as Marriott’s effort.
Coordination among all of these brands is part of guidance set forth by the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA). Mid July, AHLA launched a new set of safety standards as part of its Safe Stay health and safety initiative that launched on May 20th. As a set of standards that hotels could use to ensure traveler safety, the new rules recommended that all hotel visitors wear masks while in public places. Other recommendations include widespread hand sanitizer use, contactless payment and enhanced guest room cleaning.
Wyndham, Marriott, IHG, Hyatt and a handful of other brands are all part of the American Hotel & Lodging Association.
With most hotel chains in the country now in lock step on safety policies, it’s now necessary to wear the masks in most mainstream hotel brands across the country. And without an end to the pandemic in sight, travelers may need to get used to using masks in hotel public spaces for the near future.
The new mask requirement goes into effect for Wyndham visitors on August 10th.