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Air Quality and Hotel and AirBnB Safety

Air Quality and Hotel and AirBnB Safety

While the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic had virtually the whole world shut down, it was only a matter of time before hotel and Airbnb bookings resumed. Of course, the relaunching of travel and lodging came with a renewed sense of sanitation and safety standards.

Sources like the World Health Organization provide detailed Q&A sections outlining safety precautions for traveling during Covid-19, including the appropriate steps to take when staying at a hotel or other lodging. Standard advice such as frequent hand-washing and remaining socially distant are of course at the top of the list, though other, lodging-specific tips like avoiding high-contact areas like pools and hot tubs and being extra careful if dining at a restaurant are also included.

Creating and Ensuring Standard Protocols for Hotels and Airbnbs

WHO also takes care to touch on the importance of proper ventilation in any accommodation, and to avoid any recirculated air systems. However, “if recirculation is unavoidable, increase outdoor air exchange by opening windows, if possible and safe to do so, and minimize air blowing from one person directly at another.” The same advice also applies to individual or privately owned accommodations like Airbnbs, especially because ventilation will vary even more dramatically.

While many hotel companies are large enough to have both standardized sanitation practices and staff to perform them, Airbnbs rely primarily on the individual owners of the properties being rented. That said, Airbnb did release a response to pandemic concerns in late 2020—focusing mostly on reservations—but also provided an in-depth outline of the health and safety requirements for Airbnb hosts to follow, as well as additional information for guests and travelers.

The Importance of Air Quality Being Recognized

Another positive outcome of the renewed focus on safety practices for lodging is the inclusion and necessity of proper ventilation. Now more than ever, hotels, Airbnbs, and other companies providing lodging are keeping ventilation top of mind when standardizing cleaning and safety practices. Business Insider reports on Airbnb’s (aforementioned) updated safety policy for hosts, which includes proper ventilation, especially during cleanings.

Moreover, hotels are now making air purifiers and efficient ventilation systems customary in every room, according to a piece by the New York Times. An increased emphasis on the spread of airborne diseases and how adequate ventilation can prevent such spread has hotels, Airbnbs, and any companies that provide lodging either updating any outdated ventilation systems or introducing new, better ways of providing guests with clean, healthy air.

As it is put in Hospitality Tech, companies that provide clean air and up-to-par ventilation or purification systems not only are serving their guests as best they can but also have a competitive advantage against other companies who do not prioritize clean air; guest safety is of the highest importance but is also a factor for happy, returning customers.