Riu Hotels & Resorts will begin reopening properties on
May 25 with the Riu Plaza Berlin in Germany and the Riu Plaza Guadalajara in
Riu shuttered all 99 of its hotels in March.
The 357-room Riu Plaza Berlin and 550-room Riu Plaza
Guadalajara will also be the first Riu properties to implement the company’s
new Covid-19 safety and hygiene protocols. Under the enhanced guidelines, Riu
hotels will limit hotel occupancy to less than 60%.
Additional safety measures will include guest temperature
screenings, usage of personal protective equipment among employees, social
distancing and the removal of all nonessential items -- including coffee
machines, magazines, leaflets and laundry bags -- in guestrooms.
Buffets will remain part of the Riu experience, with the
chain calling buffet dining “highly valued” by customers.
Riu will reduce restaurant seating capacity and seats will
be assigned to allow for distancing. Guests will be required to disinfect their
hands as well as wear gloves and a mask when going to the buffet. The buffets
themselves will feature more individual portions, packaged products and live