In preparation for reopening Israel to both domestic and international tourism, Israel’s Ministries of Tourism and Health have outlined the “Purple Standard”, a new Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for operating hotels in the country.
For hotels to remain in compliance with the new procedures, they must reach and maintain several benchmarks outlined by the Ministry of Health officials, that will deem the property safe to welcome travellers.
“It’s extremely important that hotels across our country maintain a high level of health and sanitation standards to ensure travellers’ safety when visiting Israel,” said Asaf Zamir, Israel’s Minister of Tourism. “When we are able to open our borders to international travellers again, we want tourists to feel confident that Israel is taking every precaution to ensure they have a safe, pleasurable vacation in our beautiful and vibrant country.”
Though a date has not been set on when international travel will open again, the Ministry of Tourism is working diligently to implement safety measures across all aspects of travel within Israel, beginning with the “Purple Standard” protocol.
These procedures include:
Universal rules of conduct for reducing infection, which includes wearing a face mask in all public spaces, maintaining a minimum distance of six feet, and frequent hand washing
Guidelines for reopening of hotels which include benchmarks for pre-opening preparation, cleaning and disinfecting protocols, guidelines for cleaning the hotel water systems (such as pools), and a dedicated staff member to oversee all health and safety procedures
Outlined guidelines for operations once the hotel is open, which include temperature checks for all staff, guests and visitors, installation of transparent plexiglass partitions at reception desks, clear signage detailing health and safety measures as well as restrictions to the number of guests in an elevator at a time
Regular maintenance and sanitation of all facilities will be required to the highest health standard
Kitchens and dining rooms at hotels will only be reopened once they have met the guidelines issued by the Ministry of Health. All staff will be required to wear face masks and gloves while all seating will be arranged in accordance with social distancing measures. Dining hours will be expanded to allow for proper distancing
Each room will undergo a thorough and deep sanitation process before a new guest is able to check-in. Should it be determined that a guest may have been exposed, that room will close for seven days and will undergo a special sanitation process from an external specialist vendor to ensure the room is safe to re-enter
Guests utilizing spa facilities will be required to fill out a health questionnaire and take a temperature check before any treatment is performed. Therapists and staff will all be required to wear masks and wash hands between each treatment. In addition, treatment rooms will be fully disinfected between each guest
Outdoor meetings and events are allowed for up to 50 people while they stay in accordance with social distancing measures. Indoor events allow only up to eight people and require face masks
Off-site supplier entry to the hotel will be reduced as much as possible. If suppliers must enter the property, they will undergo temperature checks and will be required to wear a mask
Hotel brands within Israel who have started to announce their reopening strategies include Isrotel, Dan Hotels, Brown Hotels, Fattal Hotel Management, Prima Hotels, Abraham Hostels and Efendi Hotel.