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Graduate Hotels Utilizes Health and Safety Experts As It Reopens

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Reopening your hotel during the time of COVID-19 can be a very painstaking process. Companies have to ensure that their spaces are safe for customers and employees, and Graduate Hotels is doing that through its new Graduate Cares program. The firm created the initiative with medical professionals from the Cleveland Clinic; cleaning and disinfection experts from P&G Professional, the away-from-home division of Procter & Gamble; and the American Hotel & Lodging Association.

“The health and safety of our guests has always been a priority for us at Graduate Hotels, and we have used the past few months to focus on how we can amplify this element of the experience to meet the current needs of travelers,” Graduate Hotels President David Rochefort said. “We’re honored to have teamed up with top experts in the medical, cleaning and hospitality industries to create Graduate Cares and offer guests and associates a best-in-class cleanliness program.

“As we continue to reopen our Graduate Hotels portfolio, we’re pleased to provide an experience that helps ensure the safety and well-being of everyone who walks in our doors,” he added. Currently, the Graduate Cares program is in place at the brand’s 26 properties across the nation.

Its protocols include increased safety measures as guests check in and out, and guest rooms are to be cleaned and sanitized with hospital-grade levels of cleanliness. The properties also will feature visible signage to share the cleaning protocols and products used to give guests confidence that spaces are cleaned, disinfected and protected.

Graduate Hotels’ employees also will take part in advanced health awareness training, daily wellness checks, and increased and mandatory hand-washing procedures, while also being required to wear gloves, face masks and shields. “Throughout our relationship with Graduate Hotels, we’ve seen that cleanliness and safety are at the core of their guest experience and we’re proud to support their hotels as they welcome students, alumni and guests back to their locations across the nation,” P&G Professional Vice President North America Paul Edmondson said.

“As people resume their travels, it is more important than ever that hotels achieve and maintain a high level of cleanliness and disinfection,” he continued. “P&G Professional has top brands like Dawn Professional, Safeguard, Spic and Span, and Comet to help ensure spaces are cleaned, disinfected and protected for Graduate Hotels employees and guests as they reach these new standards of clean.”

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