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August 20, 2020

Traveling and Staying in Hotels in a Socially Distanced World


Social distancing has recently become a priority for any traveler and those who regularly stay in hotels. With the risk of catching and spreading the novel Coronavirus, it’s more important than ever to be mindful of social distancing and taking precautions to protect ourselves while traveling. If you’re planning a trip to Downtown Las Vegas or any other destination, here are some social distancing facts you should know and tips to follow that could help you stay safe while still enjoying your well-earned vacation!

Always Follow Safety Guidelines While Traveling

One thing you always want to do while traveling is to follow the safety guidelines and regulations set by health authorities and the airline or travel bus company  you’re using. These guidelines are designed to maximize safety for everybody involved, including both travelers and staff. Some of these requirements may include wearing a mask that covers your nose and mouth, practicing social distancing, avoiding contact as much as possible, and regularly washing hands or using hand sanitizer.

If you plan on traveling, it’s best to take every precaution while on your way to your destination. Carefully follow recommendations, be aware of required safety guidelines, and most of all, be sure to socially distance yourself from others whenever possible. Not only will this ensure you are staying safe, but it will also make current and future travel easier for everyone.

Changes to Occupancy and Cleaning Requirements

Hotels everywhere, including the Downtown Grand, have made necessary changes to occupancy levels and cleaning and sanitizing standards to keep hotel guests safe. Reduced occupancy helps guests be able to socially distance while staying in the hotel and feel comfortable and confident that the rooms, facilities, and other areas of the hotel are being cleaned thoroughly and regularly.

If you have questions or concerns about any safety precautions your Downtown Las Vegas hotel is taking, all you have to do is ask! When doing it the right way, hotels and casinos are more than happy to share their cleaning and safety protocols and the steps they are taking to make sure guests can enjoy their stay while social distancing from others. 

Restaurant and Dining Restrictions

Another change to take into consideration in this new socially distanced world is dining while traveling. Although every state has different mandates and rules on dining during the pandemic, you are sure to face some restrictions on how and when you are able to eat out at this time. Downtown Las Vegas restaurants have reduced occupancy to allow patrons to safely social distance from others while eating, as well as adjust tables for more space between parties. Because of modified seating arrangements, be sure to contact the restaurant ahead of time to make a reservation or inquire about availability.

Couple eating in a restaurant where the server and guests are wearing masks
On the other hand, room service and contactless delivery options are an excellent alternative to dining out while on vacation! It’s the perfect opportunity to get cozy, unwind, and enjoy your comfortable room while indulging in the delectable dining options that Downtown Las Vegas has to offer. Your food and drinks will be brought directly to your room with no need for contact. Now that’s social distancing at its best.

Take Advantage of Special Offers and Rates

One of the best things to take advantage of during this time is the package deals and the reduced rates offered by many hotels and transportation companies. For this reason, now might be the best time to reserve a room or look into booking that postponed vacation. Although you may not want to travel right now, some of these special offers are good for a while, and you can book well into the future while still securing that low rate.

Depending on what you’re looking for, Downtown Grand has several package deals that might be just what you’re looking for. Be sure to check out our Bed & Breakfast package or our Big Squeeze package for food and beverage credits that come with booking a room at the Downtown Grand Hotel.

Ask the Hotel Staff for Suggestions on What to Do

Nobody knows the local area or the best things to do while social distancing like the hotel staff. If you do want to get out and explore, try asking the front desk or concierge for some ideas on what to do that will allow you to soak up the local culture while also staying safe. The hotel staff will have some insight into what is open, what is easily accessible, and what the requirements might be.

For example, we have an impressive Downtown Las Vegas street art scene that draws people from around the country. You can walk from Downtown Grand to enjoy most of these urban murals without having to compromise social distancing or the safety of your group. Just because you want to practice social distancing during your trip doesn’t mean you have to stay in your hotel room your entire vacation! Check with the hotel staff for the best ideas on what to do in Downtown Las Vegas.

The New Travel Norm

Although health and government officials are working towards a solution to this recent pandemic, it looks like social distancing and other safety precautions might be here for a while. If you do decide to travel or stay at a hotel in this new socially distanced world, remember that these rules and regulations are in place to keep you and everybody as safe as possible during this time.

Here is a short checklist to keep in mind while traveling and staying in a hotel:

  • Wear a face covering in all indoor and public spaces
  • Practice social distancing whenever possible, especially in common areas of the hotel or casino
  • Always choose contactless options when it comes to checking in, checking out, or having room service delivered
  • Consider skipping daily room cleaning to limit access to your room
  • Ask the hotel staff for suggestions on safe things to do during your stay
  • Follow all health and safety guidelines and recommendations while traveling

If you’re considering a trip to Downtown Las Vegas, Downtown Grand Hotel & Casino is dedicated to keeping our guests safe and protected during this time. We have taken steps to safeguard our guests and staff against the spread of potentially harmful viruses, including implementing all measures from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the Southern Nevada Health District (SNHD), and the Nevada Gaming Control Board. Contact our team today to learn more or to book your room in our award-winning hotel!

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