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Is it Safe to Stay in a Napa Valley Hotel During the Coronavirus?

April 22, 2020
Category: Visit Napa

Many people have already cancelled their summer travel plans due to the coronavirus pandemic. However, not all trips are optional. Some people are still traveling for work or family, while others feel that a weekend getaway is essential to their mental health. If you’re in this group, you might be wondering what you can do to ensure your health and safety when staying at a hotel

Keep in mind that the coronavirus mainly spreads from person to person. So, the more people you’re around, the more likely you are to come in contact with the virus. If you do decide to travel and stay in a hotel, the most important decisions you can make are in regards to who you are around. It’s best to avoid crowded places and maintain 6 feet or more between you and others. 

Are Hotel Rooms Safe from the Virus? 

You don’t know where previous hotel guests come from, so there’s always a possibility of picking up something from a surface. According to research, COVID-19 can live on certain surfaces for up to three days. By taking a few minutes to clean and sanitize your hotel room, you can protect yourself from the coronavirus and other respiratory infections as well. 

Additionally, hotels are taking extra steps to ensure the health and safety of their staff, employees and guests. Some things they are doing include wiping down counters, sanitizing lobbies, disinfecting credit card scanners and soda machines, enforcing stricter hand washing policies and more. It’s also important to practice social distancing when waiting in line, getting in the elevator and sitting in the lobby. These are all things you have control over. 

How Can I Sanitize My Hotel Room? 

Even though hotels are doing more to keep their facilities clean, there are additional measures you can take to prevent the further spread of respiratory viruses like COVID-19. Here are the steps we recommend taking when you arrive at your hotel room: 

  • Wipe down the things you will be touching, including the remote control, alarm clock, telephone, door knobs, light switches, dresser drawer handles, etc. Use antibacterial wipes or a disinfectant spray. 
  • Single-use, sealed items like mini bar drinks are not much of a concern, but you may want to bring your own water bottle and use disposable coffee cups. 
  • Clean bathroom surfaces before using, such as the toilet handle and sink faucets. Keep toiletries inside a toiletry bag instead of on the counter. 
  • Avoid using gym equipment during this time, unless you want to wipe everything down. An outdoor run is a safer bet. 
  • Avoid breakfast buffets for the time being. Pack your own breakfast bars or pick something up from a local restaurant. 

These are smart tips to follow even outside of a pandemic. When you stay at Napa Valley Hotel and Suites, you can enjoy a safe stay. Our hotel is small, quaint and centrally located in downtown Napa so you can enjoy beautiful walks without having to rely on public transportation. Book your stay with us today!