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In accordance with the Safe Stay guest checklist released last week by the American Hotel & Lodging Association, Marriott International beginning July 27 will require facial masks in all public areas of its hotels, the company announced today via a video message from its president and CEO, Arne Sorenson.
"We're pleased to join with the AHLA in announcing a new industry checklist that identifies expectations and new requirements of hotel guests nationwide," Sorenson said. … "Health experts have made it clear that wearing face coverings in public spaces is one of the easiest steps that we can all take to protect one another and reduce the spread of Covid-19. As part of our Commitment to Clean [initiative], we made it a brand standard that associates wear masks and set an example. Given the recent spikes across the U.S. and with guidance from health officials, we are now extending the requirement to wear face masks at all indoor public spaces in hotels to our guests, no matter the jurisdiction."
Sorenson added: "We'll continue to review the policy, following the advice of medical experts. … I know so many of us are eager to get back on the road again. Let's take these simple, preventive measures and make it safe and easier for all of us to travel by protecting each other."
Marriott didn't indicate whether there would be consequences for guest noncompliance and didn't immediately return requests for clarification.
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