traveling to columbus for Traders Market: What to Expect

Before and during travel

  • Follow these recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
    • If you are sick:
      • Stay home (except to get medical care)
    • For travel:
      • Social distance – stay six feet apart!
      • Wear a cloth face covering in public
      • Clean your hands often
      • Cover coughs and sneezes
      • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth
      • Pick up food (drive-throughs, curbside service or stores)
    • Check the guidelines and restrictions for your airport
    • Reduce contact by using mobile options (boarding passes, payments, etc.)
    • Most airlines require face coverings – check with your airline

When you land at John Glenn Columbus International Airport

  • All airport employees are required to wear face coverings
  • Increased sanitization of high-touch areas, restrooms, and shuttle buses, including the use of self-drying disinfecting spray is taking place
  • Social distancing floor clings are placed six feet apart in queue areas
  • Social distanced seating is placed within the terminal and restaurants
  • For more information, click here.

Getting to your hotel

  • Taxis from the John Glenn International Airport are operating as normal, but with the following guidelines:
    • Drivers will only be driving if in good health and are required to wear a mask
    • Drivers must provide antibacterial gel/hand sanitizer for passengers upon entering vehicle
    • All surfaces, seats, dashboards, door handles, seat belts, etc., must be wiped down with a disinfectant solutions between the transport of each passenger
  • Taxis fares to downtown Columbus are between $23-$28
  • Ubers and Lyfts are still running
    • All riders and drivers must wear a face cover when riding and confirm it using Uber’s verification technology
    • One fewer rider than normal is permitted (in standard vehicles, only three passengers allowed, instead of four) and all passengers must sit in the back
    • Keep windows open when possible
    • Uber/Lyft fares to the Hilton or Hyatt are between $20-$25

When you get to the Hilton Columbus Downtown

  • Hilton has partnered with RB, maker of Lysol & Dettol, to develop their CleanStay program and help deliver an even cleaner stay for guests
  • In addition, experts from the Infection Prevention and Control team at Mayo Clinic will advise and assist in enhancing Hilton’s cleaning disinfection protocols
  • The Hilton CleanStay Room Seal indicates that guest rooms haven’t been accessed since they’ve been cleaned
  • All employees are required to have their temperature taken when they arrive for their shift and to wear masks while at work
  • Sanitizing stations are prominent in primary entryways, as well as high-traffic areas, and disinfecting wipes will also be available to guests in these areas
  • Contactless experiences are available with digital check-in and check-out, digital key for guestrooms and contactless communication
  • Social distancing markers have been placed at check-in desk
  • Plexiglass has been installed at the front desk, coffee shop and lounge
  • Housekeeping will not come into the room unless specifically requested. Guests will receive a stay-over basket at their door with commonly requested amenities (towels, toiletries, etc.)
  • Common areas have been adjusted to help guests socially distant
  • In restaurants and bars, all tables must be six feet apart, the maximum number of people permitted per table is 10 people, and all patrons must be seated at their table for eating and drinking
  • Fitness centers have been converted to private fitness studios that can be reserved by the hour and are completely sanitized and cleaned before and after workouts.
  • For more information, click here.

When you get to the Hyatt Regency Columbus

  • Hyatt has announced the Global Care & Cleanliness Commitment, which focuses on the safety and well-being of colleagues and guests in a COVID-19 world and beyond
  • Check-in lines allow for social distancing
  • Keycards will be sanitized before they are placed into keycard sleeve and handed to guests
  • Disinfecting wipes/hand sanitizer will be available at check-in
  • New procedures are in place for stripping beds and changing linen/terry to reduce agitation and possible dispersal of airborne contaminants
  • Room attendants will wear proper PPE and change gloves prior to entering each guest room
  • Occupancy permitting, check-out rooms will be allowed to rest 48 hours prior to being assigned for service
  • In the fitness center, every other cardio machine will be removed or turned off to ensure proper social distancing, and there will be a 45 minute maximum usage of cardio equipment due to availability
  • Masks are required to be worn in fitness center
  • For more information, click here.

When you entertain customers/colleagues/friends outside of the hotel(s)/convention center

  • The National Restaurant Association has partnered with representatives of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), academia, the Conference for Food Protection, Ecolab, public health officials and industry representatives to develop a set of opening and operating guidelines to help restaurants return to full operation safely
  • No customers and guests showing symptoms will be allowed to enter the establishment
  • Face coverings are required to be worn by business employees and are recommended for customers
  • Daily health assessments are conducted by employers and employees
  • Limited capacities have been established in businesses
  • Restaurants and bars are open for both patio and inside dining
  • Socially distanced tables while dining