Industry Update
Press Release 9 August 2021

Ian Schrager Announces Mandatory Covid-19 Vaccination For All Visitors To Public Hotel

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Ian Schrager has today announced that all guests, visitors and staff to his pioneering downtown PUBLIC hotel will be required to show proof of Covid-19 vaccination upon arrival. This is the first hotel in New York City to introduce such regulations.


Ian Schrager commented, ‘The health, safety, and wellbeing of our guests and staff is the only thing that matters to us. Naturally, we will do everything and anything we can possibly do to protect them. After all, we have been entrusted to look after them while they are with us. We take that responsibility to heart. With these measures in place our guests will be able to relax, enjoy and experience the hotel and all of the exciting things it has to offer in the knowledge they won’t get sick or make anyone else sick. Indeed, we need to beat Covid-19 together. After all, looking after people is our business. We just didn’t see how to fulfill this responsibility without taking action.’

In light of the increasing spread of the Delta variant throughout the country, all guests staying at PUBLIC or visiting the hotel’s bars and restaurants will need to show proof of vaccination on arrival, and masks will be required when moving through the communal areas. Staff working at the property will also be required to have full vaccination.*

The policy will come into effect from 5th September 2021, and all guests over 12 years of age will be required to show either a physical COVID-19 vaccine card or vaccine passport before entering.

PUBLIC will continuously monitor the situation to assess when these restrictions can be removed.

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Ian Schrager builds, develops and markets innovative lifestyle residences and hotels, introducing new concepts and reinventing industry standards. The boutique hotel was invented in 1984 by visionary Ian Schrager and his longtime partner and friend Steve Rubell. His formative 25+ year career revolutionized and impacted both nightlife (Studio 54 and Palladium) and hospitality (Morgans, Royalton, Paramount, Hudson, Mondrian, Delano, Shore Club, Clift, St. Martin's Lane, Sanderson and Gramercy Park Hotel). He was the largest private hotelier in New York until he sold his company. Schrager's recent projects include the transformation of the fabled Gramercy Park Hotel in New York, residential projects 50 Gramercy Park North in collaboration with world-renowned architect John Pawson, and 40 Bond in collaboration with Pritzker Prize winning architectural firm Herzog & de Meuron. He is now, for the fourth time in his career, starting all over again by launching a new hotel company, SCHRAGER HOTELS. This new company will include two new hotel brands, one luxury lifestyle brand and one that will be reasonably priced. Both new brands will be rolled out in 24 international gateway cities around the world with the first opening in Chicago in 2011.

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