We need to beat Covid-19 together. After all, looking after people is our business. We just didn’t see how to fulfill this responsibility without taking action. — Ian Schrager, American entrepreneur, hotelier and real estate developer
We need to beat Covid-19 together. After all, looking after people is our business. We just didn’t see how to fulfill this responsibility without taking action. — Ian Schrager, American entrepreneur, hotelier and real estate developer
Some Hotels Are Mandating Vaccines. Will Others Follow?
As travelers prepare for their next vacation, among the essentials to take along — like a toothbrush, wallet and phone charger — could be proof of vaccination for Covid-19, depending on where they are booked to sleep.

As coronavirus cases surge again across the country, driven by the highly contagious Delta variant, a small number of hotels in the United States have announced that they will require proof of vaccination from guests and staff.

... The precedent for hotels requiring vaccination is already being set beyond the contiguous United States. In August, Puerto Rico issued an island-wide vaccine mandate that requires guests and staff at all hotels, guesthouses and short-term rentals, including Airbnb, to provide proof of vaccination or a negative PCR or antigen test taken within 72 hours before their visit. If a person is staying longer than a week, they will need to present negative tests to hotel staff on a weekly basis.

... In the United States, PUBLIC Hotel, a boutique accommodation on Manhattan’s Lower East Side owned by the hotel magnate Ian Schrager, earlier this month became one of the country’s first hotels to mandate proof of vaccination from its guests and staff. The requirement will begin on Sept. 5, with only medical and religious exemptions.

“We need to beat Covid-19 together,” Mr. Schrager said in a news release that announced his decision. “After all, looking after people is our business. We just didn’t see how to fulfill this responsibility without taking action.”

... After being closed for more than a year, PUBLIC reopened in early June and has seen a significant boom in business, Mr. Schrager said.

Recognizing the risk to business by mandating vaccines, he said the decision was about his responsibility to protect his staff and guests, as well as the future reputation of his hotel.

“There are some people that are not going to be happy with it,” Mr. Schrager said. “I’m not looking to force them to do anything they don’t want to do. But I do have the right to say: If you want to work here, if you want to come here, you have to be vaccinated.”
Read the full article: https://www.nytimes.com/2021/08/27/travel/hotels-vaccine-mandate.html