San Francisco Hotels Welcome Back Tourists

San Francisco Hotels Welcome Back Tourists

SAN FRANCISCO — San Francisco was one of the very first cities in the United States to shut down in March, and six months later, it’s beginning to reopen. Salons and gyms have been given the greenlight to operate indoors, and hotels are starting to welcome tourists back as well. However, several modifications are in place for those who would like to visit. Michael Pace, the general manager at the InterContinental Mark Hopkins Hotel, said tourists can expect some changes during these unprecedented times. “Definitely happy to reopen; however, it’s not the same. Definitely much quieter,” Pace said. While the doors are finally open for all guests who want to stay in San Francisco, Pace mentions many precautions have been put in place to protect everyone staying at his hotel. “Right now, it’s about safety first. Safety for our guests, safety for our employees, and that’s our number one priority,” Pace explained. The InterContinental Mark Hopkins Hotel has hand sanitizing stations in the lobby, and shields separating employees from customers. Likewise, everyone is required to wear a mask, and socially distance from each other. Pace has been working at this hotel for two years, and said occupancy during September is usually at 90 percent, but with the pandemic, Pace said they’ll be lucky to reach 25 percent. “We’re looking at a pretty quiet slow start in the next few months, but we have to start somewhere,” Pace said. Since there’s been fewer guests staying at the hotel, only a ...
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