New Travel Guidance
The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) has outlined what the “new normal” will look like as countries begin to end their COVID-19 lockdowns and ease travel restrictions. “Traveling in the New Normal” is part of WTTC’s plan, which includes critical steps and coordinated actions, including new standards and protocols offering a safe and responsible road to recovery for the global travel & tourism sector as consumers start planning trips again.
The travel & tourism sector will face a gradual return to travel over the coming months as a “new normal” emerges. Travel is likely to return first to domestic markets before expanding across regions, and then finally across continents to long-haul international destinations.
Travelers at airports will find themselves tested before they fly and upon arrival at their destination airport. They can expect to see social distancing measures at the airport and during boarding, as well as wearing masks while onboard. Aircraft will also be subject to intensive cleansing regimes. These measures will be combined with contact tracing, via mobile app, that will allow flights to leave airports COVID-19-free.
Most major U.S. airlines will begin requiring passengers to wear face masks on flights. Jet Blue, Delta and United will require passengers wear masks beginning on Monday, May 4th, 2020. American will require passengers to wear face masks beginning on May 8th, 2020 and Frontier will require masks beginning on May 11th, 2020. Southwest employees will have to wear masks starting on May 3rd, 2020 and Travelers on May 11th, 2020. Southwest will now be boarding in groups of ten and only on one side of our boarding poles. The FAA has said it expects airlines to follow CDC guidelines that everyone wear face coverings when in public, but has not issued any official rule requiring the airlines to do so on flights at this time.
Hotels will offer world-class cleanliness, improved hygiene standards and ensure guest safety.. There will be new protocols for check-in involving digital technology; hand sanitizer stations at frequent points, including where luggage is stored; contactless payment instead of cash; using stairs more often than lifts where the two-meter rule can be harder to maintain; and moving fitness equipment for greater separation, among other examples.