The American Hotel & Lodging Association announced the release of the “Safe Stay Guest Checklist,” which covers how to travel safely nationwide. The checklist is part of AHLA’s Safe Stay guidelines, an industrywide set of health and safety protocols designed to provide a safe and clean environment for hotel guests and employees.

The Safe Stay Guest Checklist includes best practices such as requiring face coverings in all indoor public spaces, practicing social distancing in all common areas, taking advantage of contactless services, and refraining from traveling if you have, or recently had, any symptoms of COVID-19 or contact with anyone diagnosed with COVID-19.

Like many industries, hotels have been hit hard by the pandemic, and questions remain about the safety of staying at hotels during this time. But more properties are reopening and those in the process have taken extra precautions to ensure the health and safety of their guests.


Flight to Suburbs Boosts U.S. Homebuilding, but COVID-19 Surge Erodes Consumer Sentiment (Reuters, 07/17/20) “U.S. homebuilding increased in June by the most in nearly four years amid reports of rising demand for housing in suburbs and rural areas as companies allow employees to work from home during the COVID-19 pandemic. But a resurgence in new coronavirus infections across the country eroded consumer sentiment in mid-July, other data showed on Friday, threatening the nascent housing and economic recovery.”

Tired of Being Stuck at Home? This Website Lets You Peek Out of Windows Around the World (Fast Company, 07/16/20) “Each window features the submitter’s name in the top left and their location in the top right, as well as any personal items that are picked up by the camera—a toaster in Wehrheim, Germany; planters and pillows in Ness Ziona, Israel; a mug in Vila Nova de Gaia, Portugal. Each window gives you the opportunity to experience another part of the world through the intimate context of someone’s home.”

3 Creative Ways Small Businesses Are Supporting Employees With Kids During the Pandemic (Inc., 07/16/20) “Amazon now offers a family care benefit that provides subsidized emergency child and adult care while Goldman Sachs offers employees 10 days of family leave so they can focus on caregiving. For small-business owners on smaller budgets, these new benefits probably are out of reach. Even so, there are creative ways for companies with limited budgets to offer extra support to employees with children.”