"Safe Stay" initiative aims to calm anxieties about staying at hotels in Oklahoma

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The "Stay Safe" initiative will bring proper sanitation training, social distancing guidelines and more to Oklahoma hotels.

Oklahoma’s reopening brings forth a new set of anxieties for some residents-- and hotels are at the forefront of this. Is it safe to go in buildings? Will social distancing guidelines be followed? How proper will the sanitation be?

With these questions looming, the Oklahoma Hotel & Lodging Association responded on Monday with the “Safe Stay” initiative. 

“Safe Stay” is a plan for hotels launched by the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AH&LA) in accordance with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to meet new safety challenges presented by COVID-19. 

“With the launch of Safe Stay, we seek to ensure both hotel guests and employees are confident in the cleanliness and safety of hotels once travel resumes to our great state of Oklahoma,” said Patti Colley, chief strategy officer of the Oklahoma Hotel & Lodging Association.  “This initiative represents a new level of focus and transparency for an industry already built on cleanliness. With Safe Stay, the Oklahoma hotels will enhance their already rigorous standards to boost consumer confidence and ensure travelers that hotels will be cleaner and safer than ever before.”  

The protocols will address sanitation training, handwashing, hand sanitizer, physical distancing, informational signage for front and back of house and employee well-being checks. Hotels will also be required to continue following any state and local laws.

“The industry’s enhanced hotel cleaning practices, social interactions and workplace protocols will continue to evolve to meet the new health and safety challenges and expectations presented by COVID-19,” said Chip Rogers, president and CEO of AH&LA.