Industry Update
Press Release17 July 2020

Hotel Industry Urges Governors, Mayors To Standardize Face Coverings In Public Spaces In All 50 States

AHLA Commends States That Have Mandated Face Coverings, Asks For Consistent Nationwide Mandates

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American Hotel & Lodging Association (AH&LA)

WASHINGTON - The American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA) sent letters today to the Trump Administration, the National Governor's Association, and the United States Conference of Mayors commending governors and mayors across the country who have standardized the use of face coverings in all indoor public spaces while urging a consistent standard practice across all 50 states.

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"We are grateful to the more than two dozen governors and numerous mayors who have standardized the use of face coverings in all indoor public spaces and we strongly encourage your fellow elected leaders to follow suit by expanding face-covering requirements," said Chip Rogers, president and CEO of AHLA. "The use of face coverings by guests in hotels will instill confidence with other guests and employees that every hotel is a safe place to visit and work. We believe that governors and mayors play the leading role in promoting the use of face coverings to help halt the spread of COVID-19."

Hotels have always met rigorous standards for cleaning and safety and these enhanced guidelines are rooted in recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). The Safe Stay initiative brings a new level of focus and transparency to an industry already built on cleanliness, featuring endorsements by hospitality leaders in all 50 states and Canada and a companion training course.

Learn more about AHLA's Safe Stay guidelines and employee training course by visiting: www.AHLA.com/safestay.

View the letter to the Administration HERE.
View the letter to the NGA and USCM HERE.

About the American Hotel & Lodging Association

The American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA) is the sole national association representing all segments of the U.S. lodging industry and contributes nearly $660 billion to U.S. GDP. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., AHLA focuses on strategic advocacy, communications support and workforce development programs to move the industry forward. Every day, America's hotels make dreams come true, not just for our guests, but also for the 8.3 million people whose jobs we support—more than 1 in every 25 American jobs. Learn more at www.ahla.com.

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