As travelers across the United States begin to prepare for their upcoming and rescheduled vacations, awareness of cleanliness and public health are certainly top of mind. At TurnKey, we have worked hard to enhance our cleaning standards to protect the health and safety of our guests and staff throughout the emergence of COVID-19.
According to the CDC’s current guidelines for lodging options, they list “a house or cabin with people from your household (e.g., vacation rentals)” as a safer alternative to hotel travel. Although, the lowest risk option remains to stay home.
If you have an upcoming vacation or are considering when to take your next trip, we have compiled some tips and recommendations to help you stay safe while traveling.
Plan ahead to avoid unnecessary exposure while running essential errands.
We recommend making a thorough list of items that you may need while traveling or during your stay. This can help you prevent unnecessary stops along the way, and avoid unnecessary exposure at grocery stores or busy businesses. It also helps local businesses control inventory and supplies for all residents and visitors.
In addition, many states have halted dine-in service in restaurants. So we recommend planning your dining ahead, and using drive-through, takeout or delivery services when possible.
Continue to practice social distancing at public areas and shared amenities.
The CDC continues to recommend staying at least 6 feet from other people. While enjoying your travel, we recommend keeping that distance at any local attractions (beaches, parks, trails, etc.) or shared amenities at your vacation rental’s destination (pools, hot tubs, gyms, golf courses, etc.).
The CDC also recommends not gathering in groups of 10 or more people, and to avoid crowded places or mass gatherings where possible.
So if you’re at the beach or pool, this could mean setting your beach chairs up away from others, and only with your family. And if you’re at a park or hiking trail, it could mean keeping a respectful distance from others also enjoying the space.
Follow best practices to protect yourself and others around you.
In addition to avoiding close contact with others, the CDC continues to encourage washing your hands often, avoiding touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands, using a nose and mouth cloth cover, and properly cleaning and disinfecting any frequently touched surfaces.
We recommend bringing your own hand sanitizers, cleaning supplies, and anything else you may need.
Respect your neighbors and the local community.
As you look to relax and enjoy your vacation, please also be aware of the interests and potential concerns of your neighbors and the local community. This includes maintaining a recommended distance from others (as shared above), as well as keeping your noise at respectful levels, especially at night or early in the morning.
Check state and local updates for guidelines on behavior.
We recommend thoroughly researching information on any restricted behavior at your destination, or limitations on local amenities and services. You can do so by visiting the state and local government websites for your destination.
Research the cleaning standards for any place you plan to visit.
Before you visit a location, check to see if the business or location has provided updated cleanliness information.
For instance, TurnKey has posted information on the enhanced cleaning standards we’ve rolled out for our housekeepers, including:
- Our professional housekeepers are required to both confirm and photo-validate their use of COVID-19 fighting products (as identified by the American Chemistry Council’s Center for Biocide Chemistries).
- Our homes are cleaned following extensive cleaning checklists in line with CDC guidelines for cleaning high-traffic areas and high-touch surfaces in homes like doorknobs, handles and light switches.
- For all new bookings in May and June, we’ve added a 24-hour buffer between guest stays, where only housekeeping or TurnKey home inspections can take place.
In addition, we have measures in place to help you avoid any person-to-person contact throughout their entire stay. All TurnKey homes come equipped with keyless access (no in-person key exchanges), and our team will not visit the home while you are at the home, without prior consent.
We continue to monitor local travel updates, as well as guidelines from the CDC.
Here are 5 tips to prepare for safe and responsible travel before your next trip.
- Plan ahead to avoid unnecessary exposure while running essential errands.
- Continue to practice social distancing at public areas and shared amenities.
- Follow best practices to protect yourself and others around you.
- Respect your neighbors and the local community.
- Before booking, look into the cleaning standards of your accommodation and research state and local updates on recommended behavior.