The celebratory ribbon cutting was still fresh in their minds when managers at Quirk Hotel Charlottesville had to close after only two weeks in operation due to Covid-19. It seems that new hotel openings, especially this summer, are going to face a few more challenges than usual.
Social distancing and futuristic cleaning protocols are the new normal. Heightened awareness among staff and travelers alike will play a strong role in travel recovery. Many hotels are reorganizing their public spaces and service standards to match recommendations from health experts.
Existing hotels that had closed are reopening, and new hotels on the heels of a celebration (like Quirk in Charlottesville) are finally getting their chance to greet the travel world. It is certainly different than they had originally planned.