Reopening Hotel and Travel GUIDELINES


On March 25, 2021, Arizona’s governor allowed all businesses to resume normal operations, including hotels, restaurants, bars and attractions. Businesses are encouraged to continue following recommendations from the Arizona Department of Health Services and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. When planning for gatherings, events, or travel in Arizona it is recommended to check the specific city or county for any explicit restrictions or recommendations.

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Reopening Hotel and Travel Guidelines

In this complex and constantly changing environment, we understand the importance of keeping you informed.  In partnership with the American Hotel and Lodging Association (AHLA) and U.S. Travel, AzLTA has compiled the latest health and safety guidelines and resources for reopening Arizona’s travel and hospitality businesses.

Below is additional information which also includes guidance from the Arizona Governor’s Office. These guides provide ideas and concepts for interactions between guests and employees, workplace cleaning and safety suggestions. As everyone continues to learn more about operating a hotel and lodging facility during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond, it’s important to stay updated on the latest information from the Center for Disease Controlthe Arizona Department of Health Services and your own local county health department.

“Safe Stay” is focused on enhanced hotel cleaning practices, social interactions, and workplace protocols to meet the new health and safety challenges and expectations presented by COVID-19.The standards of Safe Stay were developed under the guidance of an Advisory Council, comprised of industry leaders representing all segments of the hotel industry, and in conjunction with public health experts to advance best practices for protecting against the coronavirus.

U.S. Travel developed industry-wide health and safety guidance to ensure a consistent approach to safety that travelers can expect through all touchpoints in their journey, in the era of this “new normal”. This document follows an intense, collaborative effort between U.S. Travel, member organizations, other industry associations and medical experts to derive the guidance that all sectors of the travel industry can apply and each vertical segment can expand upon as necessary.


Meetings Mean Business Coalition has put together a tracker that shares the latest state-by-state protocols for in-person gatherings – including occupancy limits, mask requirements and travel protocols. All details are sourced from each state’s government website. For additional information on meeting exceptions and the most up-to-date regulations per government websites click on the state name. For information related to the state of Arizona, click here.

State by State Reopening Tracker for Meetings + Events

To access tailored resources and messaging for meetings/public or private event gatherings and special event licenses see full list below:  

The Arizona Department of Health Services released new Recommendations for Private Events. These are specified by any event NOT open to the general public such as weddings, funerals, conferences and meetings not open to the public.

Under Executive Order 2020-43 organized public events of 50 people or more are prohibited unless approved by the local governing body — adequate safety precautions, including physical distancing and mask-wearing, must be implemented.  If you are interested in hosting a public event with 50 people or more, you should connect with your local governing body to understand their protocols.

Executive Order 2020-43 also halted the issuances of Special Events Licenses from the Arizona Department of Liquor Licensing and Control. This prohibition is still in place but is being reviewed by the Arizona Department of Health Services.

For additional information about hosting Arizona meetings and event locations, visit Arizona Office of Tourism Arizona Meetings page

As COVID-19 continues to impact our industry, we are continuously sharing all available resources to the entire hospitality, travel and tourism industry on our  COVID-19 page. If you would like to get involved and subscribe to our email list click here.

For a full list of Arizona’s Executive Orders, click HERE

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