Reducing Health Risks in Hotel Lobbies

Reducing Health Risks in Hotel Lobbies

By David DeMoss

Nowadays, guests are looking for a hotel experience and amenities beyond their rooms, which is quickly making hotel lobbies more popular, along with guest having higher expectations. To accommodate, hotels are making renovations to their lobbies such as adding trendy restaurants, lobby bars, and creating an overall more interactive lobby space. However, with these new popular areas also comes a higher health risk. The flu virus or norovirus can survive for extended periods of time on hard surfaces such as front desk countertops. In addition, many hotels do not have a hand hygiene policy, forgoing options like hand sanitizer stations in the lobby area, creating a higher possibility for these viruses to appear. For pet-friendly hotels, these animals bring an addition pest risk, including bed bugs and fleas, which can quickly attach to furniture and guests’ belongings, and spread quite easily. If a lobby has items such as plants, that increases the possibility of bringing in cockroaches, rodents, and more. Other health risks include food safety in dining areas after it has come into contact with hotel cleaning supplies, waterborne and airborne pathogens, and allergens from the hotel water and HVAC system. The list can seem endless and I’m not sure your hotel lobby can ever be truly ‘germ-free’, but check out the infographic below to learn how you can keep your hotel safer for your team and guests.

Next-Gen Lobby Infographic