The Boston City Council this week considers a proposal from Councilor Lydia Edwards (East Boston, North End, Charlestown) to ask Boston hotels to clean and sanitize rooms daily, even for guests who have stays longer than a night.
In a request for a hearing on the matter, Edwards writes hotels need to treat guest rooms as "common areas" that need daily sanitizing:
With bars, restaurants and other meeting areas closed, Boston hotel workers have noticed an increase in guests congregating in guest rooms
where they often invite other guests or other individuals into their rooms, and bring in materials, food, or alcohol from outside the hotel.
She notes that New Jersey recently made daily room sterilizing a requirement and that the World Health Organization recommends that hotels drop programs where guests staying more than night can ask to forego some daily housekeeping - such as not having their towels washed to save water.
The council can't order hotels to clean guest rooms daily, so Edwards's request is in the form of a proposed resolution supporting "daily
cleaning of common areas for the health safety and welfare of guests and staff during this unprecedented pandemic."
The council will take up the request at its regular Wednesday meeting, which starts at noon.