Fairmont Hotel Reopens with New Safety Measures
Downtown Pittsburgh hotel is reopening for guests and visitors on July 24.
After being closed for nearly four months due to the pandemic, Fairmont Pittsburgh in Downtown announced it will reopen to guests and visitors on July 24. This will include the fl.2 Modern American Restaurant and the Health Club & Spa. Andy’s bar in the lobby will open at a later date.
Reopening means new measures will be taken to prevent the spread of COVID-19, including physical distancing, mandatory screening for all guests and employees, a 48-hour “sitting period” for occupied rooms after a guest checks out, and an increased frequency of cleaning and disinfecting. There will also be a focus on high-touch points and continued use of EPA registered disinfectant chemicals.
Masks will be provided to guests and workers are required to wear them at all times. Guests must wear masks in the hotel’s public spaces.
“The hotel’s top priority remains the safety, care, and wellbeing of our Fairmont Pittsburgh family,” said Interim General Manager Christian Klaus, Fairmont Pittsburgh. “Today, this means keeping our guests and employees safe by preventing the spread of COVID-19 – partnering with top experts to implement new standards of safety and enhanced operational protocols and procedures which are among the most stringent in the hospitality industry.”
Fairmont spokesperson Andrea Stehle says temperature checks will take place at the main entrance of the hotel. Employees who have a fever will be asked to go home, and guests who register a fever will have the option to go home or stay at the hotel and self-isolate with any traveling companions.
Fairmont furloughed around 215 of its employees due to its closing, and the hotel industry as a whole has suffered because of the pandemic. U.S. hotels have lost more than $40 billion in room revenue, according to American Hotel & Lodging Association. With the Fairmont reopening, workers and managers are set to return in stages.