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Hyatt hotel guests must wear face masks indoors from today

Face masks are now required to be worn by guests at all Hyatt hotels in the United States and Canada.

The nose and mouth must be covered in all indoor public areas and when moving around in outdoor areas.

Face coverings for guests were previously ‘strongly encouraged’ or mandated in accordance with Hyatt policy and/or local guidance.

But the new strict measures from the hotel group, headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, came into effect across the North America on Monday, affecting the way Americans are relaxing poolside this summer.

Face masks must be worn in all indoor public areas and when moving around in outdoor areas at all Hyatt hotels in the United States and Canada as of Monday

The new strict measures from the hotel group came into effect across North America on Monday, effecting the way Americans are relaxing poolside this summer. The Confidante in Miami, Florida is pictured

The new strict measures from the hotel group came into effect across North America on Monday, effecting the way Americans are relaxing poolside this summer. The Confidante in Miami, Florida is pictured

The coverings can be removed in certain areas while eating and drinking.  

Alongside brands such as the Intercontinental Hotel Group, Hyatt cited the American Hotel & Lodging Association’s Safe Stay checklist when announcing that face coverings were required indoors two weeks ago.

‘Some guests may be exempt from this mandate, including but not limited to people with medical conditions, consuming food or beverages in restaurants, and children under the age of 2 years,’ Hyatt said.

Guests who do not have masks will be provided with one by the hotel.

‘This new policy comes at a pivotal time amidst the ongoing challenges of Covid-19 and helps us care for the health and safety of our guests and colleagues,’ Hyatt president and CEO Mark Hoplamazian previously said in a statement.

The coverings can be removed in certain areas  of the hotels while eating and drinking

The coverings can be removed in certain areas  of the hotels while eating and drinking

Employees have had to wear face masks and appropriate personal protective equipment as of April but the new rule affects the way guests are going about their summer breaks

Employees have had to wear face masks and appropriate personal protective equipment as of April but the new rule affects the way guests are going about their summer breaks

Hyatt – which has Andaz, Alila and Thomson Hotels in its portfolio – had already erected social distancing signage (The Confidante hotel is pictured)

Hyatt – which has Andaz, Alila and Thomson Hotels in its portfolio – had already erected social distancing signage (The Confidante hotel is pictured)

Hyatt has further reassured guests about the cleanliness in hotels by highlighting initiatives for frequent sanitization with hospital-grade disinfectants

Hyatt has been exploring and testing the use of electrostatic sprayers

Hyatt has further reassured guests about the cleanliness in hotels by highlighting initiatives for frequent sanitization with hospital-grade disinfectants, and announcing that they are exploring and testing the use of electrostatic sprayers 

‘In an effort to enable safe travel, we support AHLA’s recently expanded Safe Stay initiative and traveler checklist that help us come together as an industry to promote clear guidelines, which for the foreseeable future include the wearing of face coverings in indoor public spaces and practicing social distancing throughout the hotel.’

When they announced the guidance for guests indoors last month, Loews had already enforced the face mask measure.

Guests have also been using the app for mobile check-in and checkout or to order food, and enjoying entertainment in-room using Chromecast where workouts can be played in lieu of going to a public gym. 

Hyatt – which has Andaz, Alila and Thomson Hotels in its portfolio – had already erected social distancing signage, revised maximum capacity guidelines for elevators and fitness centers and had set up contactless room service.

Employees have had to wear face masks and appropriate personal protective equipment as of April. 

Hyatt has further reassured guests about the cleanliness in hotels by highlighting initiatives for frequent sanitization with hospital-grade disinfectants, and announcing that they are exploring and testing the use of electrostatic sprayers. 

Guests have also been using the app to order food

Guests have also been using the app for mobile check-in

Guests have also been using the app for mobile check-in (right) and checkout or to order food (Left)

Guest have been enjoying entertainment in-room using Chromecast where workouts can be played in lieu of going to a public gym

Guest have been enjoying entertainment in-room using Chromecast where workouts can be played in lieu of going to a public gym

Contactless room service is part of Hyatt safety measures

A worker seen delivering food

Contactless room service is part of Hyatt safety measures. Workers are seen cleaning a room (left) and delivering food (right)

The new widespread rules come amid varying mandates regarding the wearing of face masks across the country.

Last week the US surpassed 5 million cases of coronavirus with the highest number of infections reported in California, Florida and Texas, which have all reported more than half a million cases.

There had been more than 163,000 confirmed deaths to COVID-19 as of Monday.

For several months the US has remained the worst effected country in the world.

Last week the US surpassed 5 million cases of coronavirus with the highest number of infections reported in California, Florida and Texas, which have all reported more than half a million cases

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