Health and Safety Guidelines for Hosts and Travelers

May 5 , 2020 by HomeEscape

Health and Safety Guidelines for Hosts and Travelers

As the world reopens and experiences resume after COVID-19 quarantines, it’s important for us all to act responsibly to protect one another’s health and safety. With that in mind, we’ve put together the following recommendations for hosts and guests based on guidance from the World Health Organization and the US Centers for Disease Control

While we hope these guidelines are helpful, you should also continue to monitor and follow all local and national recommendations and restrictions. 

General recommendations

If you are feeling ill, it’s extremely important that you cancel travel and stay home. If you have or think you have symptoms, wait 72 hours after symptoms disappear before deciding to travel.

Other guidelines: 

  • Wear a mask while hosting and traveling. 
  • Wash your hands before, during, and after hosting or travel and bring hand sanitizer. 
  • Avoid direct contact with guests and encourage guests to avoid it as well. In lieu of handshakes or hugging, consider alternative no-contact greetings. 

If you’re hosting at home or in a space you manage, here are some cleaning guidelines to help you prepare your space. Be sure to leave enough time between experiences to clean your space, any materials used, your clothing, etc.

And always make it a habit to check local advisories and public health recommendations both when you receive bookings and before you host to ensure that you’re compliant. 

How to adapt your hosting experience

Before you start hosting again, consider how you might need to adapt both your experience and your listing. Here are some things to consider:

  • Physical contact: Change your protocol to avoid physical contact among guests and between hosts and guests. 
  • Location: Change your meeting location and encourage your guests to visit safe venues and avoid crowds. Recommend safe transit options by avoiding peak times and maintaining social distancing.

How to update your listings

Update your listing to let guests know what steps you’re taking to reduce the spread of the infection while traveling. That might be a mention that you’ll be wearing a mask, that you’ll be offering a handwashing stop, etc. However, be careful about the words that you choose. You can say that you’re taking extra precautions, but you cannot claim that your environment is “COVID-free.” 

What we’re asking of guests

We’re also providing guidelines for guests traveling during this time. We’ll be suggesting that all guests cancel and stay home if they’re ill, wash their hands, bring hand sanitizer, wear a mask, and keep a safe physical distance from both you and other guests (where applicable).  

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