Coronavirus: How safe is it to book a hotel room during this pandemic?
New Delhi : A few months ago something happened that has changed all of our lives. A global pandemic which originated in Wuhan, China. Coronavirus managed to take over our lives and changed the way we live and do things. COVID-19 is a highly contagious strain of coronavirus which has spread across the globe to numerous countries and has infected a large number of people. Not only that, but this virus has also claimed numerous lives and led to a three-month-long lockdown in our country. But we can only be stuck at home for so long and this is why restrictions are slowly being eased and everything is slowly starting to open up. Trains, airlines, public transport and interstate travel has all started again but this means that people will soon begin to make travel plans and go to different places be it for work or tourism but this also means that people will be booking and staying in hotel rooms. Considering that we still haven't managed to get coronavirus under control, this makes us all wonder how safe it is to book a hotel room?
We're all aware of how contagious and scary coronavirus is, especially with it's 14 days incubation period. It is essential that we follow the social distancing norms and stay at a distance of at least 6 feet from anyone and everyone we know. But when you travel and stay in a hotel, this can be a little difficult. There's only so much space in a hotel lobby or the restaurant. Moreover, it is difficult to figure out if every hotel follows strict sanitization norms or not. This puts one in a high-risk situation. Aside from that, it is also essential that we understand that every hotel has a housekeeping staff that comes in and out of our rooms and we know nearly nothing about this staff which again puts us in a risky situation. Another thing to keep in mind is that we don't really know who stayed in the room before us and if that person may have come in contact with someone who has coronavirus, it may put us at risk as well. More so because we don't know if the room has been thoroughly sanitized or not.
It is essential to understand that we ourselves are responsible for our safety and carry all sorts of sanitization products like a disinfectant spray, hand sanitizer, gloves, fresh bedsheets, our own blanket and other such steps. Opt for ready to eat food items rather than eating at the restaurant. If you do wish to eat at the restaurant, we suggest you order room service and keep contact with people to the minimal. Remember to clean and sanitize your hands again and again. Keep an eye on the hotel staff and their sanitization techniques. Also, we suggest you book a hotel where you have stayed in the past and trust to follow the norms and take the pandemic seriously.