Until the closing of borders, most tourists to the Dominican Republic were from the United States. This means that the local travel industry will very much act in unison with health and safety measures that work well in the United States. The US Travel Association and the American Hotel & Lodging Association have already launched advances of the new safe stay and travel protocols.
The US Travel Association that represents transportation, lodging, retail, recreation and entertainment and foodservice across all US travel segments: meetings, leisure, business, incentive and trade shows has put together guidelines for the new protocols. The US Travel Association stresses that industry employees and customers have a shared responsibility to protect each other in the present Covid-19 pandemic.
The guidelines call for:
Reinforcing hand hygiene, utilizing personal protective equipment such as masks, installing physical barriers to separate customers and employees and encouraging physical distancing. Expect more online ordering, curbside service delivery, automated entrances.
Likewise, expect more touchless or low-touch solutions for ticketing, identification, check-in, payment for goods and services. Also expect more automated ordering and pick-up for food and services.
The American Hotel and Lodging Association has published its guidelines, too.
“Hotels have always had rigorous standards for cleaning and safety[KR4] . With Safe Stay we are enhancing these standards to help create peace of mind. When travel resumes, hotels will be ready to welcome back the traveling public safely.” The guidelines call for enhanced cleaning standards for guest rooms and throughout public meeting spaces, common areas and back of house spaces.
19 May 2020