State devises safety plan for hotels | KOB 4

State devises safety plan for hotels

Megan Abundis
Created: June 09, 2020 10:15 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.—Gov. Lujan Grisham allowed hotels across the state to reopen at 50% capacity on June 1., but some hotels in Albuquerque like Hotel Chaco and Hotel Albuquerque are choosing to keep their doors shut.

KOB 4 reached out to hotel officials, but they did not return our calls. Instead, KOB 4 spoke with Kathy Kokomol, CEO of the New Mexico Hospitality Association. She said they’re looking for business to ramp up soon.

The association is partnering with the state tourism department, the governor and her public health staff with the New Mexico Safe Certification Program.

"Trying to make sure all hotel members and their employees are familiar with COVID safe practices and how to make sure they are implemented so we can start to build customer confidence and have a safe place for people to come to when tourism resumes,” Kokomol said.

At this time, Kokomol said the draft isn’t ready to share. Unlike the many restaurants who have closed their doors for good, the hotel industry said they’ve seen no notifications of hotels closing their doors for good.

There is no set date for when hotels can start operating at full capacity.

KOB 4 reached out to the governor’s office and a spokesperson said the timing and details of the next phase will be dependent on the data and how successfully New Mexicans are abiding by COVID safe practices.

The hospitality industry said they’re actively working with businesses across the state on a new program that launched Monday—the New Mexico Safe Promise Campaign. The campaign is also focusing on COVID safe practices for employees.

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