How Small Lodging Establishment Workers Can Protect Themselves and Guests From Ongoing Health Risks

Small hotels, inns, and long-term vacation rentals appeal to various traveler needs, including those who crave unique or boutique experiences or are simply looking for a comfortable and affordable place to rest.

Independently owned and small lodging establishments take great pride in providing 5-star services, but these businesses are also at a higher risk of disruption if staff members or guests become sick. Given the ongoing threat of viruses and illnesses like COVID-19, workers in the hospitality industry must take precautions to protect their well-being.

Protecting Employees and Guests At Hotels, Inns, and Room Rentals

Small lodging establishments rely on keeping rooms booked to generate revenue. But, the staff must be diligent in cleaning and disinfecting all bedding, high-touch surfaces like dressers or remote controls, and shared spaces.

We created our “Healthier Workplaces and Schools eBook”, guide alongside leading health and government organizations, and borrow from the latest Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) advice to give lodging workers actionable ways to safeguard their health.

The guides discuss the health risks that small lodging establishments face and practical solutions to keep guests and staff safe from the spread of illness. The goal is to help employees and employers know how to protect themselves, with specific guidance on:

How small lodging establishment employees can protect themselves from health risks:

  • Recommended ventilation protocols, including how to best position pedestal or hard-mounted fans

  • Strategies to enable physical distancing between guests and staff

  • Training and instructions to help staff understand how to protect their health, including personal hygiene and PPE considerations

How small lodging establishment owners can protect their staff and guests from health risks:

  • Enhanced cleaning and disinfection protocols for bedding, shared spaces, and high-touch surfaces

  • What to do if you need to cough or sneeze when interacting with guests

  • Self-monitoring practices and when to call out from a shift

Download our Our “Healthier Workplaces and Schools eBook” to learn proven strategies that protect hotel and lodge staff and guests.

Additional Lodging Industry Safety Resources

To access more help and resources to understand and avoid the health risks of small lodging businesses, we recommend you explore the following resources and associations.