Are hotels and Airbnbs a safe bet? Here are some things you should look out for

The thumb rule is to ascertain whether the owner of the hotel or the Airbnb is taking the pandemic seriously enough.

After prolonged periods of staying at home, many of us are itching to travel. While far flung destinations are not on our agenda (given stringent travel rules and quarantine protocols not to mention the looming fear of contracting the virus in a place far away from home) getaways to nearby places and suburban resorts is definitely tempting.
Hotels and Airbnbs are happy to hear this and many of them are doing a lot to protect you and their employees during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Touch high-contact surfaces, such as light switches, remote controls and doorknobs with plastic shields or disposable gloves.
But this does not stop you from doing your homework before you actually pack your bags and venture out. The thumb rule is to ascertain whether the owner of the hotel or the Airbnb is taking the pandemic seriously enough. The first step is to check websites for what steps hotels and other facilities are taking to protect guests. Checking for recent reviews by guests is also crucial. Decreased occupancy, frequent disinfecting, digital keys, 24-hour vacancy between guest departures and digital check-in are some measures you should pay attention to. Once there you should check if guests and employees are wearing masks in the lobby or other common areas and whether they are taking the stairs instead of riding elevators with strangers. On your part you should minimize time in areas where you might be closer than 6 feet to other people like dining rooms, fitness centers or lounging areas.
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Hotels and Airbnbs should be regularly disinfecting high-touch surfaces. Ensure that the hotel management or Airbnb host gives you disposable gloves to touch high-contact surfaces, such as light switches, remote controls and doorknobs.Also you should be informed about the number of COVID-19 cases in the city or town you're traveling to. Infact this is a very important criterion. It is not wise to travel to hotbeds or places that had recent surges of positive cases. Lastly while staying in a hotel or Airbnb strictly avoid the lobby bathrooms. It is also wise to choose places that rely on good ventilation in place of air-conditioning.



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