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Marriott and Hyatt make masks mandatory at their US hotels

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After requiring staff wear masks, Marriott and Hyatt are now implementing a mandatory mask policy for all hotel guests in shared indoor spaces.

This follows guidance by the American Hotel & Lodging Association that recommends that face coverings be worn at all times.

Whilst Hyatt’s policy only extends to the US and Canada, Marriott CEO Arne Sorenson suggests that it will implement the policy ‘no matter the jurisdiction’ :

(EDIT: Arne later clarified that the policy will only apply to hotels in the US and Canada)

Hyatt’s policy clarifies what it considers as public spaces:

“Public areas may include hotel lobbies, meetings and events spaces, restaurants and bars, and fitness centers. Some guests may be exempt from this mandate, including but not limited to guests with medical conditions, guests consuming food or beverages in restaurants, and children under the age of 2.”

The guidance applies only to shared indoor spaces – you are still able to do as you please in your own room as it is not a publicly shared space.

Both policies will come into effect from Monday 27th July.

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