We are over 18 months into battling the COVID-19 pandemic and health experts agree that vaccinations are our best weapon.We are over 18 months into battling the COVID-19 pandemic and health experts agree that vaccinations are our best weapon.
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How Hotels and Restaurants Can Balance Customer Relations and Vaccine Mandates
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October 6, 2021 via 4Hoteliers
We are over 18 months into battling the COVID-19 pandemic and health experts agree that vaccinations are our best weapon.

This has led cities around the world, including several here in the United States, to implement vaccine mandates in certain public places. The goal of these mandates is two-fold: to reduce the spread of the virus and to encourage people to get the vaccine.

In cities rolling out the mandates, it is becoming increasingly difficult for unvaccinated people to enjoy a pre-pandemic lifestyle as they cannot visit their favorite restaurants, go to the gym, attend large events, and so on. To date, New Orleans, New York, San Francisco, and Oahu are the only major U.S. cities to have rolled out these mandates, but the cities of Los Angeles and West Hollywood are soon joining them and no doubt others will also follow suit.

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Now that vaccines are becoming more readily available in the U.S., hotels have geared up to meet the pent-up demand for face-to-face meetings and the overwhelming desire for social interaction while continuing to ensure the health and safety of attendees.

In doing so, hotel and meeting venues should confirm that prior COVID protocols remain in place and effectively communicate their efforts. Reverting to the "old ways" isn't an option. Venues must listen to the needs and concerns of planners and their attendees, who are hyper-sensitive to cleanliness. From technology, air quality, and sanitation to food and beverage handling, the hospitality industry needs to embrace best practices and implement high standards for events and meetings.
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