Hotel Industry Officials Voice Concern Over Sanitation Bill

May 13, 2020

New Jersey hotel officials are asking state legislators to reconsider a new bill under consideration this week that would set hotel sanitation guidelines, New Jersey 101.5-Radio reports. The bill requires housekeepers to clean every guest room daily and to have at least one worker at the lobby desk 24 hours a day—or more than one if the hotel has 200 rooms or more.

Officials with the New Jersey Restaurant and Hospitality Association said the association already submitted sanitation protocols that eliminate contact and protects employees and guests, unlike the current bill. Association members said some guests might not want housekeeping to enter their rooms every day and would prefer to just request linens and towels. They added that with social distancing in mind, hotel workers may not want to work close to each other at a front desk, especially when it’s not necessary in the middle of the night.

Several legislators believe the state should consider the plan set up by the hotel industry’s experts which allows hotel guests to decide if they want their rooms cleaned daily.   

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