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Santa Maria Suites Resort - 1401 Simonton St, Key West, Florida 33040
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COVID-19 Update

 

Guest Safety and Wellbeing Protocols

 
We take standards for hygiene and cleanliness very seriously. Ensuring a safe, clean and inviting environment is the core of our commitment to providing the highest level of hospitality. In response to COVID-19, we have been closely monitoring the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and World Health Organization statements and recommendations regarding a broad spectrum of viruses, including coronavirus (COVID-19). We have initiated and will maintain industry-leading and scientifically driven elevated cleanliness standards to safeguard the wellbeing of our guests and colleagues. Our comprehensive strategies based on the latest guidance include utilizing hospital-grade cleaners and best practices designed to prevent the spread of viruses. These strategies will be updated regularly to reflect the most current technology available. On a daily basis, we are working to ensure the highest standards of hygiene and cleanliness for our guests' overall safety. Our guests can relax and enjoy their vacation.

The safety of our guests begins with keeping our hotel associates safe. Our devoted team has developed a multi-pronged approach to address including a refined education program and ongoing mandatory training for all staff which emphasizes cleanliness and disinfecting standards in addition to personal and guest safety. Our staff will practice social distancing standards and utilize PPE at all times while at work. As an added measure of protection, our staff has participated in personal hygiene, health, and social distancing training pertaining to the workplace and home to promote better wellbeing as they return to work. Before beginning their shifts, employees will have their temperatures taken to ensure they are below 100.4 and they will wear PPE including masks and gloves as appropriate for their duties while on shift.
 
Here are just some of the general safeguards that we have deployed to keep our guests safe so they can enjoy their vacation at our hotel:
 

Hotel Associates

 
  • Temperature checks - Prior to starting their work shifts all employees will have their temperature taken. Employees temperatures that continually trend higher or that are equal to or greater than 100.4°F degrees shall be sent home for medical attention.
  • Illness - All staff are to stay home if they are sick or exhibiting symptoms of illness. They will be sent home if symptoms develop during their shifts.
  • Social Distancing - We have implemented social distancing measures in all public, and back-of-house areas (behind the scenes) of the hotel.
  • Personal Protection Equipment - All hotel associates are required to wear face masks and gloves. Guests are encouraged to do so as well.
  • Sanitizer Stations- Hand sanitizer has been provided throughout public, and back-of-house areas of the hotel for associates to use.
  • Hand Hygiene - Associates have been trained and are reminded to conduct proper and frequent handwashing with soap and water and in situations where soap /water is not available alcohol-based sanitizer shall be used. Hand washing is mandatory
    • BEFORE: shift, eating food,
    • AFTER: use of the bathroom, nose blowing, coughing, sneezing, handling guest credit cards or other guest possessions, handling garbage, and
    • BEFORE/DURING/AFTER: all food preparation
 

General Cleaning Protocols

  • In conjunction with the CDC and WHO standards we have worked with our suppliers to source virus-killing products that have been approved by the United States Environmental Protection Agency or other country's equivalent agency. We have been careful to select products that are safe for both our employees to administer and for our guests to be in contact with, minimizing the risk of allergic reactions. Our normal high standards of cleaning will now include even higher standards for disinfecting high touch surfaces and items such as tables, countertops, handrails, furniture, doorknobs, handles, light switches, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, sinks, etc.
 

Laundry

  • Bed linens, towels, robes and other laundered items will be transported to and from the cleaning facility in sealed bags. All items will be washed and dried at the appropriate temperature with the correct detergent/disinfectant in compliance with CDC and manufacturer recommendations.
 

Public Areas

  • We will increase the frequency of cleaning and disinfecting public areas with special attention to restrooms, pool areas, fitness centers, courtyards, parking lot gate/doors. All high-touch public area surfaces such as handrails and door handles, toilets, faucets, sinks, ice machines, gym equipment, etc. will be wiped down with appropriate disinfectants. Touchless hand sanitizer stations have been placed in key areas throughout the hotel including hotel entrances, front desk, fitness center and pools.
 

Guest Rooms

Housekeeping will maintain the practice of daily service. However, guests may request that housekeeping services be delayed up to a maximum of 3 days. During the time that housekeeping services are performed, we ask that guests vacate the room in order to practice social distancing and other safety protocols. Cleaning and disinfecting protocols will require that particular attention is paid to high-touch, hard nonporous items including television remote controls, toilet seats and handles, door and furniture handles, water faucet handles, nightstands, telephones, in-room control panels, light switches, temperature control panels, alarm clocks and luggage racks. Certain decorative high touch items, including decorative pillows, bed throws and runners, may be removed from the rooms if we feel we are unable to properly disinfect them during routine housekeeping services.

 

Kitchen items including utensils, silverware, pots, pan, plates, cups, glasses, blender jars, cutting boards, ice bucket, bottle openers, etc. will be placed in the dishwasher and sanitized upon each guest checkout prior to the suite being available to the next guest.

 

In the event of a presumptive case of COVID-19, the affected guest room will be removed from service until undergoing an enhanced cleaning and disinfecting utilizing EPA approved products within CDC guidelines. If we are alerted to a case of COVID-19 at the hotel, we will immediately coordinate with the relevant health authorities to obtain facts and guidance on steps to take with both guests and associates. We will perform additional cleaning and disinfecting protocols for the common areas of the hotel as well as the areas we know the guest has been during their stay. In addition, we will seal the guest's room (e.g., preventing entry by staff or others) and perform a room recovery protocol that is designed to disinfect everything in the room.

 

Fitness Center

The fitness room will be outfitted with a disinfecting station providing equipment wipes, hand sanitizer, and a spray bottle filled with disinfectant to further clean equipment. Signage will encourage guests to wipe down equipment before and after use. All equipment and devices will be cleaned and disinfected on frequent schedule paying special attention to high touch and areas that may contact sweat. Equipment layouts have been adjusted to accommodate social distancing guidelines.

 

Lobby

Front desk agents will utilize appropriate PPE including gloves, face mask and desktop sneeze guards while practicing social distancing. Guests will be encouraged to use contactless payment methods. All guest touchpoints will be disinfected after each transaction, including credit card devices, pens, registration countertops and room keys.

Our lobby will feature a hand sanitization station at the front door and hand sanitizer will be available for both desk agent and customers.

High touch items including door handles (inside/outside), countertops, side tables and other furniture will be disinfected between transactions when possible and at a minimum of 30-minute intervals.

 

Pool Area

Pool attendants will utilize appropriate PPE and practice social distancing while preforming their duties. Pool furniture layouts will accommodate social distancing guidelines and will be cleaned and disinfected on a frequent schedule.

  • Furniture will be wiped down with appropriate disinfectant upon departure of each guest in preparation for new guests.
  • A hand sanitization station will be located on the pool deck with extra hand sanitizer available at the pool bar for guests and employees. All pool bar surfaces shall be wiped down with sanitizer frequently.
  • Pages of the concierge books will be in plastic sleeves and disinfected after each customer use.
  • Pool bathroom will be cleaned and disinfected after each use when possible and on a frequent schedule with special attention paid to high touch areas.


CANCELLATION POLICY

  • Our standard cancellation policy has been modified to allow for all new and existing reservations due to check-in before/or on October 31st, 2020 will be able to change or cancel without charge up to 24 hours prior to arrival.