The Hotel at the University of Maryland will reopen June 1 after being closed for over two months due to the coronavirus outbreak, the company announced Tuesday.
In March, The Hotel was forced to lay off 150 workers within days of its announcement that it would be closing temporarily. The company had originally anticipated reopening in April.
When The Hotel reopens, there will be new standards in order to maintain cleanliness and promote physical distancing, according to a company press release. The measures include hand sanitizer dispensers positioned through the hotel, new furniture arrangements in common areas that encourage physical distancing and updated housekeeping procedures.
“As we welcome guests back to our properties, we do so with the commitment for them to be able to rest well knowing our focus on providing a clean, safe and comfortable environment is absolute,” Linda Westgate, The Hotel’s general manager, said Tuesday.
Last Wednesday, Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan lifted a statewide stay-at-home order, allowing some businesses to reopen — part of the state’s first phase in reopening its economy. On Tuesday, the state reported its highest single-day increase in coronavirus cases with 1,784 new cases.
However, Prince George’s County Executive Angela Alsobrooks instituted a stay-at-home order for the county last week, which she said will last through June 1. As of Tuesday, the county has over 12,000 coronavirus cases.