Miami-Dade businesses continue to rapidly reopen and that includes hotels, which on Monday, June 1, will swing open their doors to nonessential guests once again. From massive resorts like Fontainebleau Miami Beach to smaller guest houses to trendy boutique hotels, all types of lodging will resume with new guidelines. Expect to see accommodations with fewer amenities, as gyms and spas remain closed for the foreseeable future, and poolscapes with lots of empty space—no more stacked rows of lounge chairs. Below, a few more changes to look for whether you’re traveling to Miami or booking a staycation close to home.
You’ll need to wear a mask.
Hotel guests need to wear a mask in common areas, such as lobbies and walking to and from the swimming pool. Employees will need to wear them at all times.
Gyms will be closed.
Hotel gyms, like all gyms across the county, will remain closed for the time being.
But the pools will be open.
Staff will be sanitizing chairs and outdoor furniture for guests’ use and spacing them out so that everyone remains socially distant while sunbathing.
And so will restaurants!
Most, if not all, hotel restaurants will reopen but, again, the new rules of dining out will apply.
Dogs won’t be allowed—for now.
Only dogs defined as service animals by the Americans with Disabilities Act will be allowed inside the property.
No crowding into elevators.
Elevators will operate at 50-percent capacity with no more than four guests at a time. You’ll need to wear a mask and abide by the distancing markings on the ground.
Chances are you’ll have to park your own car, too.
Valet will be suspended where self-parking is available. If that’s not possible, a properly outfitted attendant (wearing maks and gloves) will park your car for you.
And carry your own luggage.
If you absolutely can’t carry your own stuff (looking at you, overpackers), someone will safely do it for you—but only on a case-by-case basis.
Check-in will involve a few extra steps.
Only one person in your party will be allowed to walk up to the check-in desk and they’ll need to have their temperature checked.
Meetings and events
Events and meetings will be allowed, but you’ll have to follow social-distancing rules.
Setting out tables? Make sure they’re six feet apart and everyone who sits together lives in the same household. If that’s not possible, make sure people wear masks.
The number of guests allowed will depend on the size of the room.
While there’s no set limit to the number of people, the room cannot exceed 50-percent capacity—including servers and staff.
And you’ll be allowed to feed them, too.
Food and drinks may be served but you’ll need to make sure condiments are single-serve and silverware is individually wrapped. Buffet-style service won’t be allowed for the time being. Giving guests coffee? Someone on staff will need to serve it.
Expect rooms to be sanitized and spotless.
Linens will be changed before and after your event and all equipment and amenities will be disinfected.
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