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Enhanced cleanliness and hygiene standards

Once a relatively invisible part of the guest experience, health and safety standards have been thrust into the spotlight as the travel industry prepares to resume operations in the wake of Covid-19. This is just highlights of some of the enhancements being implemented.

The U.S. Travel Association has launched a new Travel Confidently Toolkit featuring industry guidance for promoting the health and safety of all travelers, including enhanced sanitation, redesigned public spaces, improved health screening measures and much more.

TSA implementing virus-related procedures. TSA is now allowing passengers to bring liquid hand sanitizer up to 12oz. in carry-on bags until further notice. Other new enhanced procedures listed here.

Singapore's Changi Airport Has Contactless Check-In Kiosks and Cleaning Robots

 

 

  • Airlines in North America, Asia, and Europe have announced mandatory temperature screenings for their fliers. The new policies are part of a larger push among air carriers to implement new health and safety policies as air travel begins a nascent reopening in some regions of the world that have bounced back from the pandemic.
  • Airlines for America member carriers will require passengers to complete a health declarations before flying.

  • Expanding electrostatic spraying to all aircraft before departure, in addition to the extensive cleaning measures already in place to sanitize high-touch areas before every flight and the use of state-of-the-art air circulation systems with HEPA filters on many Delta aircraft that extract more than more than 99.999% of viruses.
  • Adjusting the boarding process to encourage more space for safer travel by boarding all flights from back-to-front – reducing the instances of customers needing to pass by one another to reach their seats.
  • Providing supplies directly to customers when available,  including  hand sanitizers, amenity kits  and other protective equipment
  • Delta Airlines 

Cruise ships have been actively working with the CDC companies to ensure they are in strict compliance with government safety regulations once the No-Sail Order is lifted on July 24th. 

All cruise ships have stepped up their cleaning and disinfecting before every voyage in accordance with company protocols developed in partnership with the CDC’s Vessel Sanitation Program. Many cruise ships are upgrading their air filters to HEPA medical-grade air filtration systems that eliminate 99.95 percent of airborne pathogens. Enhanced screening, temperature checks and on-board medical care will be required for every cruise ship moving forward. Service changes have also been made to ensure responsible social distancing including limiting capacity and staggered check-ins.

The Cutting-Edge Technology PLUS New Protocols That Will Make Cruising Safe Again. And a crucial part of the cruise restart: lines and ports must agree on health protocols 

Cruise lines are collaborating with government health authorities, the Cruise Lines International Association, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, global public health authorities and national and local governments to enhance measures to protect the health, safety and security of guests, crew and the communities visited when operations resume. Listed below are some of the changes

  • The high-touch cruise industry is in reinvention mode with innovations such as robot crew members; hidden features that allow cabins to convert to hospital rooms; and discreet wearable devices for crowd control, digital casinos, and robot crew members are just a few of the interventions being pursued by ship designers. 
  • Enhanced health screening at check-in. Staggered embarkation and online check-in will be implemented to allow for physical distancing. 
  • Upgraded cleaning and disinfection protocols
  • Reduce passenger capacity and limit guest counts in public areas. 

  • Touchless temperature checks throughout each cruise to identify potential health issues. The checks will occur upon returning to the ship from a port of call, prior to all meals in dining venues and all activities in public venues, and before disembarkation. 

  • Ships will be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected prior to every cruise with standards developed in partnership with the CDC’s Vessel Sanitation Program

  • Embarkation terminals will be sanitized continuously and, where possible, fogged before and after each embarkation and debarkation. The cruise lines said that all cabins, suites and public areas will be cleaned, sanitized and disinfected at an increased frequency. It will use electrostatic sprayers. 

  • Staff a public health officer

Motorcoach Guided Vacation

  • Drivers are trained with latest hygiene protocols and will clean and disinfect all surfaces including handrails,door handles, tables, seats, air-conditioning filters and overhead lockers on a daily basis
  • Hand sanitizer free available on board
  • Adapting to the right size groups, based on government distancing requirements. Clients can rest assured that they will travel with the comfort of their own personal space and have peace of mind that all of the experiences, hotels and restaurants they will enjoy on their trip have been vetted to ensure they adhere to physical distancing and hygiene guidelines required in each jurisdiction.
  • Smaller groups allow for more personal space and to maintain physical distance. 
  • Flexibility at mealtime

  • The Travel Corporation plans to add “wellbeing directors” to all group trips operating under its Trafalgar, Luxury Gold and Insight Vacations brands. The wellbeing directors will make sure guests, staff and suppliers are following health and safety protocols aimed at preventing the spread of Covid-19.

United States Tour Operators Association and other major tour associations set guidelines for resuming safe operations, some of the protocols are:

  • Promoting frequent hand washing for all staff and passengers.
  • Promoting the use of face masks.
  • Exercising social distancing where viable.
  • Providing and promoting the use of hand sanitizers.
  • Requiring a passenger health declaration form pre-travel.

 

World Travel & Tourism Council unveils “Safe Travels” – new global protocols to restart the Travel & Tourism sector. (click to read)  Major destinations around the world have signed up for the global safety and hygiene stamp created recently by the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC), which represents the global travel and tourism private sector. According to the WTTC, the Safe Travels stamp was designed to enable travelers to identify destinations and businesses around the world that have adopted its health and hygiene global standardized protocols.

Safe Travels stamp has been receoved by:  Turkey, Bulgaria, Jamaica, Mauritius, Ontario,  Canada, Portugal, Saudi Arabia  Egypt, Slovenia and Ukraine.and the Mexican destinations of Baja California Sur and the Yucatan.  Popular city destinations for travelers, which have also been given the WTTC Safe Travels stamp of approval, include Barcelona, Cancun, Madrid and Seville.  
The United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) also embraced the WTTC Safe Travels stamp.

  • New embarkation procedures, including mandatory health screenings, touch-free temperature checks, and luggage disinfection, prior to onboarding.
  • Add hand sanitizer stations throughout the ship 
  • New technologies such as Electrostatic cleaning systems and UV disinfecting systems will be introduced as well.
  • Guests and crew will be supplied with masks for use, as needed or required.
  • More space for social distancing including reducing ship capacity and alternative dining venues.
  • Buffets and self-serve stations will be replaced with crew services.
  • Some new steps to ship cleaning procedures include deep-cleaning and disinfection of each stateroom during turnover – including soft goods, disinfection of all dining areas between meals, and disinfection of shared items such as bicycles or umbrellas after each use.
  • The  crew will be required to pass medical screenings and certificates of health, and there will be new social distancing in crew living quarters and ongoing training in PPE use and hygiene.
  • And air circulation will be another focal point of the plan—the air on  ships is not circulated between staterooms, only within an individual stateroom and mixed with fresh, outside air, the river cruise line said.
     

  • Use of thermal cameras to steer away people with high temperatures;
  • Altered layouts to ensure social distancing.
  • Masks worn by all employees.
  • Training on COVID-19 safety and sanitation protocols with more comprehensive training for teams with frequent guest contact, such as housekeeping and food and beverage.
  • Other changes may include suspending valet services, no longer having employees open the doors of cars or taxis, and having an employee present on elevators to sanitize the button panels at regular intervals, at least once per hour.
  • Each guest will receive an amenity bag during check-in containing masks, hand sanitizer and a COVID-19 awareness card, and a spray bottle of sanitizer or wipes will be provided in each room.
  • AMResorts - beachfront resorts (click to read)
  • Four Season Introduces Lead With Care (click to read)

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