Travel is complicated right now, and tasks that were simple a year ago — like checking into a hotel or gassing up — now have inherent risks. To minimize interaction with strangers when checking into a hotel, checking in and out at off-hours — an industry trend that had already been on the rise pre-pandemic.
Robot cleaners and U.V. lights are cool sounding devices, but there’s a better question to ask about a hotel’s cleaning protocols: How long has the room been unoccupied? Scientists are still trying to understand how much of the virus lingers in the air, but three days is now generally accepted as a good buffer between occupants. Even if you don’t clean every nook and cranny of a particular hotel room, that’s a good amount of time to reasonably assume that the virus has died off.