Hospitality industry reacts to new CDC mask guidelines
The American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA) has issued a statement regarding the latest guidelines for travelers to wear face masks indoors to combat the spread of the COVID-19 Delta variant.
According to The New York TimesCenters for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) director Dr Rochelle Walensky said more than 80% of counties in the United States are experiencing significant or high spread of the coronavirus.
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Walensky said counties that meet the federal COVID-19 health guidance threshold are urged to even tell vaccinated populations to wear masks in indoor public places due to the highly transmissible Delta variant.
“Overall, we are seeing an increase in cases and hospitalizations across all age groups,” Walensky told The New York Times. “The people most at risk are people who have not yet been vaccinated. “
AHLA President and CEO Chip Rogers released a statement regarding the CDC’s updated face covering guidelines.
As cases of the COVID-19 Delta variant continue to grow in the United States, hotels will implement safety guidelines based on CDC guidelines and in accordance with state and local laws. As noted by the CDC, the circumstances of a change in mask requirements are local, not national, and may be temporary depending on location. Therefore, we encourage each hotel to monitor its specific location and act accordingly. “
“Throughout the pandemic, hotels have met the challenge of the public health crisis through Safe Stay, an industry-wide set of health and safety protocols. Stay security guidelines continue to evolve with the current environment to ensure the safety of our employees and guests. As we navigate this ongoing public health challenge, we urge every qualified person to get vaccinated to help keep our communities safe. “