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Updated Policies of 23 Lodging Companies Worldwide: 2019 Novel Coronavirus Pandemic

Chances are excellent that your plans will be interrupted if you intend to travel just about anywhere around the world over the next few months; so you likely have little to no choice but to delay your travel due to the 2019 Novel Coronavirus — which is also known as COVID-19 or 2019-nCoV — pandemic, as 23 lodging companies have issued updated policies pertaining to the changing or cancellation of reservations booked at their hotel and resort properties.

Most of the 23 lodging companies listed in this article have either increased or improved the way their hotel and resort properties are cleaned, disinfected, and sanitized; and rather than list them, each of the links which are provided in this article to the updated policies pertaining to the changing or cancellation of reservations also include details about what they are doing to ensure that your stay is in the safest and cleanest environment available.

If applicable, updated policies are also included in…

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Ireland and the United Kingdom Added to Suspension for Most Foreign Nationals For 30 Days From Europe to the United States

When Donald J. Trump — who is currently the president of the United States — signed a proclamation on Wednesday, March 11, 2020 which suspended the entry of most foreign nationals for 30 days who have been in 26 countries in Europe at any point during the 14 days prior to their scheduled arrival to the United States effective as of Friday, March 13, 2020, the media went into yet another frenzy…

…to the point in which numerous headlines suggested or implied that travel between the United States and Europe has been banned for 30 days — or altogether until further notice, in some cases — which is not the case…

…but with Ireland and the United Kingdom to be added to the list effective as of…

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Just Shut Down the Entire Planet. Problem Solved?

The pandemic of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus — which is also known as COVID-19 or 2019-nCoV — has already contributed to widespread panic worldwide which has led to the cancellation of hundreds of flights, the closing of hotel and resort properties, companies going out of business, a rush on toilet paper, and the stock market entering bear territory for the first time in eleven years…

…and I have not even begun to scratch the surface. To compile a complete and comprehensive list of events, businesses, and institutions worldwide which have been affected by the 2019 Novel Coronavirus is virtually impossible; but I will attempt to have a crack at doing so with this article, which will likely be an unfinished work in progress — including…

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Stop the Hyperbole: Travel is NOT Banned Between the United States and Europe…

When Donald J. Trump — who is currently the president of the United States — signed a proclamation last night, Wednesday, March 11, 2020 which suspends the entry of most foreign nationals for 30 days who have been in 26 countries in Europe at any point during the 14 days prior to their scheduled arrival to the United States effective as of tomorrow, Friday, March 13, 2020, the media went into yet another frenzy…

…to the point in which numerous headlines suggested or implied that travel between the United States and Europe has been banned for 30 days — or…

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Travel From Europe to the United States Suspended for Most Foreign Nationals For 30 Days

A proclamation was signed earlier tonight, Wednesday, March 11, 2020 by Donald J. Trump — who is currently the president of the United States — which suspends the entry of most foreign nationals who have been in 26 countries in Europe at any point during the 14 days prior to their scheduled arrival to the United States.

The proclamation is part of an effort to protect the United States and its citizens from the pandemic of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus — which is also known as COVID-19 or 2019-nCoV — and does not apply to…

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Now the Entire Country of Italy is Under Quarantine

When Giuseppe Conte — who is the current prime minister of Italy — signed a decree on the morning of Sunday, March 8, 2020, most of northern Italy was under lockdown as a result of the biggest jump in infections in one day in Italy. It was the toughest and most restrictive measure taken to control the 2019 Novel Coronavirus outside of mainland China…

…until the entire country of Italy became under lockdown effective as of today, Tuesday, March 10, 2020. This means that…

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16 Million People Quarantined in Northern Italy

Giuseppe Conte — who is the current prime minister of Italy — signed a decree earlier today, Sunday, March 8, 2020, which places most of northern Italy under lockdown as a result of the biggest jump in infections in one day in Italy. It is the toughest and most restrictive measure taken to control the 2019 Novel Coronavirus outside of mainland China.

This means that…

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Lodging Companies Issue Travel Waivers and Elite Status Extensions 2020 Due to 2019 Novel Coronavirus

The issuance of travel waivers by lodging companies is rare; but due to the 2019 Novel Coronavirus — which is also known as COVID-19 or 2019-nCoV — cancellation fees been waived by several lodging companies; and some frequent guest loyalty programs are offering an extension of elite level status for select members.

If you have booked a reservation at a hotel or resort property, you may be eligible for a waiver of a fee to change your itinerary.

Here are four lodging companies which have issued travel alerts as a result of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus…

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