We collected these health and cleanliness guidelines from industry health and safety experts as well as partners from all over the world. They’re designed to support you in keeping your property safe and your staff and guests healthy and protected
Along with giving your guests an enjoyable experience, you can play a significant role in minimizing health risks. You can do this by establishing and practicing cleaning and safety protocols. During these challenging times, we hope this guide will help you keep your guests and staff as safe as possible.
While we can offer support in many areas, advice from your government or local authorities takes precedence. Each country has its own rules and laws, and it’s important that you take the time to understand what applies in your particular situation. If it’s required by your government, you should make sure you:
- Have an applicable reopening license
- Provide info on track-and-trace apps to your guests and staff
We take great care to collect info from around the world on a daily basis, so that both partners and guests are aware of any possible travel restrictions. But when it comes to laws that apply to your particular situation, make sure you check your government’s and local authorities’ websites.
- You can now provide up-to-date info about the measures you have in place to reassure guests that they'll be safe at your property.
- You should report any health and safety incidents to your local authorities, as well as to Booking.com by phone or on the Extranet.
- Make sure you display clearly visible signs reminding both guests and staff about the health and hygiene measures they need to keep in mind.
- We recommend keeping records of all preventive measures you take, as well as any other changes that take place at your property.
Whether it’s just you or a big team taking care of your property, following these guidelines can help you maintain a healthy working environment:
- Support your team’s wellbeing and monitor their health and yours. That way you can make sure they’re not at risk and also won’t put your guests in danger.
- Make sure you and your staff are trained to detect and take action on potential incidents related to poor health conditions (e.g. make sure they know how to report potential dangers to local health authorities and Booking.com).
- Minimize physical contact where possible and encourage your staff to do the same. Understand, respect, and reinforce social distancing guidelines provided by local authorities.
- Use appropriate protective equipment—such as gloves and masks—and provide them for your staff and contracted workers, like housekeepers.
Creating and respecting new cleanliness protocols can help keep your staff and guests safe. These include:
- Cleaning as well as sanitizing surfaces, so that you not only remove dirt but also kill bacteria. It’s best to clean high-touch areas first and sanitize them afterwards.
- If you have a reception area, placing protective transparent screens in areas that are prone to contact, such as between staff and guests.
- Using products that have been approved by health professionals to stop the spread of harmful viruses. For example, take a look at guidance from the World Health Organization.
- Using disinfectant during routine cleaning of accommodations and—where applicable—public spaces like conference and meeting rooms.
- Washing bedding more frequently and using disinfectant.
- Providing disposable disinfectant wipes to staff (if you’re a hotel) to sanitize surfaces that are also used by or exposed to guests.
- Making alcohol-based hand gel easily accessible and clearly marked for guests and staff use in all public areas.
- Cleaning and disinfecting laundry hampers or carts after they’re used.
- Cleaning and disinfecting electronic equipment and appliances such as tablets, touch screens, keyboards, remote controls, and in-property ATMs.
- Regularly disinfecting and sanitizing publicly accessible toilets.
- Disinfecting swimming pools, spas, and other recreational facilities.
- Where applicable, installing air purifiers in common areas and regularly changing their filters.
- Offering cashless payment as an option, if possible and agreed upon contractually.
- Staying informed of the latest news from the World Health Organization.
- Helping guests understand the measures you have in place and why they matter.
We understand you might be concerned that taking some of these precautions could lead to more plastic or create more waste than normal. To make sure you’re still sustainable and responsible, we recommend reading this United Nations Environment Program handbook. It explains how you can continue reducing your plastic footprint and remain sustainable even while taking extra health and safety precautions.
Your guests also play a significant role in taking reasonable precautions to minimize risks. Our guidelines for guests—which we also encourage you to share and practice—include these points:
- Guests should follow the government's and the property’s safety measures.
- The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control recommends informing guests about the local situation when they arrive. You should also give them advice on how to access healthcare services if they develop symptoms. For example, you could provide contact details for local health services and national hotlines.
- If guests experience symptoms before check-in or during their stay, they should isolate themselves and inform both you and Booking.com.
- If local authorities require or recommend it, guests should register for a track-and-trace app.
- Guests should report any health and safety incidents at your property to Booking.com’s Customer Service team.