Is It Safe to Stay in a Hotel During COVID-19? Here’s What the Experts Have to Say

Summer is usually the perfect time to satisfy your wanderlust by jetting off on near and far vacations, but during the ongoing novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, many people are asking themselves just how safe traveling is right now. While stay-at-home orders have mostly been lifted, many travel bans and restrictions are still in place. But if you do decide to get on a plane or even drive somewhere for a getaway, how safe is it to stay in a hotel? In short, not very, experts say.

“As with any public place, there are transmission risks in hotels,” Andria

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What Hospitality Can Learn From Boston’s Comeback Plan

Boston travel organizations know they have a giant thorn from their past to overcome for state officials to green light a plan to once again allow the private events and meetings the state’s largest hotels need in order to survive.

A Biogen conference at the Boston Marriott Long Wharf hotel in late February has been labeled an early coronavirus superspreader event — tied to cases both in Massachusetts as well as across the U.S. and Europe when attendees returned home. Massachusetts, one of the hardest hit in the U.S. during the coronavirus pandemic, eventually went into one of the toughest

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Lake Forest’s Deer Path Inn is No. 1 among Travel + Leisure’s top 10 Midwest resorts

Remember how life was pre-COVID-19? So does Travel + Leisure Magazine. The publication known for its annual travel awards wrapped up its World’s Best Awards survey March 2, just before states started instituting stay-at-home orders.

The 25th edition polled readers from Nov. 4, 2019, to March 2, 2020, on things like rooms, facilities, food, treatments, service and overall value. The Deer Path Inn in Lake Forest came in at No. 1 on the list of best resort hotels in the Midwest.

The destination and its Tudor facade, rich wood paneling, and stag motifs also contributed to its ranking as the

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Tier 4 and Christmas travel rules explained

Warning sign: Heathrow Airport  Terminal 5, now within Tier 4 (Simon Calder)
Warning sign: Heathrow Airport Terminal 5, now within Tier 4 (Simon Calder)

More than 16 million people in London, parts of the south east and east of England have been placed into a new Tier 4, with extremely strict travel regulations. In addition, the Christmas easing allowing three households to mix has been reduced to a single day: 25 December.

“This is not the moment to have unnecessary travel,” says the government’s chief medical officer, Chris Whitty.

Read more: Can you travel in and out of Tier 4 areas?

These are the key questions and answers, starting with the

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