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Short-Term Rental Guidance Preview

On May 29, the Governor released a preview of the safety standards and checklist for lodging operators. The preview provides guidance for increasing operations at lodgings in Massachusetts including short-term rentals that is planned to be included in Phase 2 of the reopening plan. Phase 2 is currently set to begin on June 8, though that is subject to change. The Governor has said that he is planning to announce whether Phase 2 will begin on that date by June 6.

The preview guidance focuses exclusively on hotels and raises several issues that do not apply to short-term rentals, however all relevant hygiene protocols should be followed including:

  • Conduct enhanced cleaning and sanitizing, especially between guests.

  • Keep cleaning logs including the date, time, and scope of cleaning.

  • Subject rentals used by a guest that may have been infected with COVID-19 to enhanced sanitization before future use.

  • Consider leaving units vacant for 24 hours between guests as part of the cleaning protocol to allow for deep cleaning, disinfectant and cleaners to dry, and reasonable air exchange.

  • Consider installing high-efficiency air cleaners and making other modifications to increase the quantity of outside air and ventilation in offices, guest rooms, and other spaces.

The full guidance is available here along with a checklist.

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