You are still able to benefit from concierge services during COVID 19. Here is a complete guide on concierge services for COVID 19 travelers.
Traveling during COVID remains risky. When you must travel, you want to ensure you’re taking as many precautions to stay as safe as possible. A good plan is to hire a company that specializes in concierge services for COVID 19 travelers.
If you’re traveling during coronavirus, you should take extra care to plan your trip with a few key things in mind. Here is a complete guide on concierge services for COVID 19 travelers to help you learn how to travel right now.
Protect Yourself When Traveling
First, let’s start with the basics. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has a set of guidelines to follow when traveling in 2020.
- Maintain a distance of 6 feet (2 meters) between you and others as much as possible.
- Avoid contact with anyone who is sick.
- Limit contact with frequently touched surfaces, such as handrails, elevator buttons, and kiosks. If you must touch these surfaces, use hand sanitizer, or wash your hands immediately afterward.
- Wear a cloth face mask.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Cover coughs and sneezes.
- Clean your hands often. It’s especially important after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after coughing, sneezing, or blowing your nose.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
- If soap and water aren’t available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub your hands together until they feel dry.
These are basic guidelines that you should be following every day, but they’re even more important when you’re traveling during COVID. You come into contact with a lot more people and surfaces when you have to stand around in airports or stay in hotels.
Concierge Services for COVID 19 Travelers
When traveling during COVID, your concierge service should find out about any health restrictions in your destination location. Many state and local governments have quarantine mandates in place. Your concierge will visit the health department websites in the destination location to verify what those restrictions might be. You certainly don’t want to book a two-week getaway only to have to stay in your hotel room the entire time.
Your concierge will let you know of any mask mandates in place. Also, they will check to make sure the places you are planning to visit don’t have restrictions or are open to the public. Can you imagine booking a trip to visit the Louvre in Paris only to discover it’s closed to the public? Your concierge will take care of making sure that doesn’t happen.
Hotels and Lodging
When booking your hotels during COVID through your concierge service, make sure they check with the hotel concierge about their COVID 19 policies. The hotel should have a contingency if you or a travel companion comes down with the coronavirus and needs to get tested.
Upon arrival, open your windows in your room, if possible, to get some air circulating through your room. Do a quick sanitizing through the room, especially on the high-touch surfaces like doorknobs. In fact, it might be wise to have your concierge service ask for a room that has not had a guest for a few days. They may not be able to accommodate the request, but they can always ask.
Consider skipping the housekeeping services during your stay. You can always ask for fresh towels and linens if you need them. But when you’re trying to mitigate the risk of exposure, just having people in your room can up the ante.
You can also order room service and skip the in-person dining. And insist on contactless food delivery. The staff can leave your dinner in the hallway instead of bringing the meal inside and risking exposure.
Also, you’ll want to skip the gym, spa, business center, and hair salon at the resort. You’ll want to avoid any shared community facility. Staff is spending a lot of time sanitizing surfaces, but there’s still a risk. They can’t be everywhere all the time so for now, get your exercise by going out for long walks instead. Your concierge can suggest and arrange for a variety of outdoor activities.
What About Air Travel?
Though planes are safer today than they were initially when the pandemic started, they’re still pretty risky. There’s no way around that – it’s in their configuration and design. Planes are built with a special filtration system, which works well for filtering out a lot of things. But you’re still sharing space in tight conditions with people you don’t know. Be sure to take extra precautions when traveling by air.
When you’re in the airport, use touch-less check-in options when possible. Don’t put your small change in the little bins at the TSA checkpoint either. Those bins are constantly touched by air travelers. Put your essentials in your carry-on instead.
You can pack your own food to bring with you on the flight. Most in-flight service has been suspended or restricted since the beginning of the pandemic. You can bring food through the TSA checkpoint, or you can choose to grab something from inside security to bring on-board your flight.
Bring your own bottle of sanitizer with you. You can now travel with sanitizer up to 12 oz. inside your carry-on bags. When you get to your plane wipe down your seat, tray table, chair arms, overhead vents, seat belts fasteners, etc. – all high-touch surfaces – with sanitizing wipes. Open the overhead air vent to keep air circulating around you.
Ask your concierge to book a window seat for you. That will limit the number of people who can sit next to you.
And this should go without saying, but keep your mask on. From the minute your concierge drops you off at the departure airport to the moment you exit the airport in your destination city, you should have your face covering over your face to prevent exposure. Your mask will do more to protect you and those around you than just about anything else you do.
Yes, you can remove your mask to eat or drink, but be sure to put it back on as soon as you’re finished.
If you must travel during the pandemic, you can protect yourself and those around you. Always wear your mask. Keeping your face covered is the best way to protect those around you as much as you.
Your concierge service can still plan your trip, whether for business or pleasure, so you can still enjoy the benefit of concierge services, even during COVID.
If you feel sick or unwell, you may have to cancel or change your plans. Be smart and don’t travel if you’re sick. If you need to change your reservations at any time, you can contact your concierge services to assist you.
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