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Marriott hotels will require masks in lobbies and public spaces starting July 27.  The Bethesda, Maryland based hotel giant has been requiring employees to wear masks for several months in more than 7,300 hotels worldwide.  But in a video message released Monday, CEO Arne Sorenson said the mandate is being extended to guests.

“Health experts have made it clear that wearing face coverings in public spaces is one of the easiest steps that we can all take to protect one another and reduce the spread of COVID-19,” Sorenson said in the video, after removing his mask.

Mariott’s announcement follows guidelines for travelers issued last week by the American Hotel and Lodging Association, (AHLA) a trade group.  Their guidelines call on guests to wear masks and practice social distancing in hotel common areas.  They also ask guest to go without housekeeping and to use contact-less check-in and checkout when possible.

Marriott is the largest hotel chain to issue a mask requirement while Hyatt Hotels already require guests to wear masks in public areas in U.S. and Canadian hotels.  Hilton said today it plans to require guests to wears masks but did not say when they would start the policy.

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