Hotels and states adapt to changing US mask regulations
A week after the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said people vaccinated against Covid-19 can congregate indoors without face masks, several hotel chains – but not all – have dropped the requirements masking for vaccinated clients.
Yet even as the American Hotel & Lodging Association this week eased the masking requirements for vaccinated guests from its Safe Stay hotel guidelines for Covid-19 security, other chains have kept them in place, and several states have also maintained interior masking requirements that supersede the channel plans and the CDC ad.
“At this time, we are not asking hotels to require proof of their vaccination status, but we are asking all customers and workers, vaccinated or not, to respect and honor these revised guidelines,” said the president. -AHLA CEO Chip Rogers in a press release. “Unvaccinated guests should wear masks and practice physical distancing at all times in public places.”
Hotel workers should continue to wear masks indoors, Rogers said, but AHLA guidelines would allow vaccinated employees who work outdoors or outside to have close contact with others. to work without a mask if hoteliers so wish.
This week, several US hotel chains updated their policies to allow vaccinated guests to dispense with face coverings in indoor common areas, including Best Western International, Choice Hotels, Hilton Worldwide and IHG Hotels & Resorts. Each said unvaccinated guests would continue to be required to wear masks indoors.
Other chains had not updated this policy and, at the time of publication, continued to require masks for all guests inside, including Accor, Loews Hotels, Marriott International, Radisson Hotels, Wyndham Hotels & Resorts.
Five states – California, Hawaii, Maine, Massachusetts and New Jersey – as well as Puerto Rico since Friday have maintained indoor mask mandates for everyone, including those who have received the Covid vaccine, according to the New York Times. These state warrants replace CDC guidelines as well as hotel policies that in other states allow vaccinees to unmask themselves. (Maine and Massachusetts are expected to drop the mask mandate next week, according to the Times, and NJ Advance Media announced Friday that New Jersey will do the same. California is expected to relinquish its mandate on June 15.)
Conversely, 30 states as of May 21 had no state-level mask requirements. Even where no regulations require unvaccinated guests to wear masks, no major hotel chain has given up its own policy on unvaccinated guests at a minimum. However, some counties and other jurisdictions within these states have their own mask regulations.