Marriott Requires Face Masks for All Guests

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Marriott has announced a new policy to combat coronavirus across its 30 brands globally. Effective July 27, 2020, Marriott will require both hotel guests and employees to wear face coverings at all of its hotels. This is an addition to the current increased cleanliness practices Marriott has put in place, as well as added social distancing guidelines.

Marriott also offers mobile check-in options as well as mobile room keys, which are both great ways to limit your contact with employees.

Most US airlines have mandated masks when traveling onboard flights, so it makes sense that we see Marriott become the first major hotel company to have an official policy in place across all of its hotels.

With Marriott, the new face mask requirement applies to all guests in all public places including the lobby, gym, restaurants, and other common areas regardless the jurisdiction of the city/state in which the hotel is located.

By adding a face covering requirement, this is another step that will get us back to traveling quicker. I suspect that we’ll see the other major hotels including Hyatt, Hilton, and IHG all will make similar announcements as well.

What are your thoughts on Marriott’s new mask policy globally? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments below. 

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  1. I think you are wrong on this one. Marriott is imposing this globally, with no variation for local cultures. I think there is little chance that all the other chains will attempt to force their franchisees in foreign countries to enforce this with no consideration for local concerns.

    For just one example, Iceland not only does not require masks, they actively discourage, even ridicule, mask wearing.

  2. I agree with Joseph: Politico report regarding Sweden: ‘Treating citizens as children lacking the judgment to make wise decisions is not a sustainable approach.”
    Have to agree.

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