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At Gaylord Hotels, the health & safety of our guests remain of paramount importance to us.

The COVID-19 pandemic has required us to raise our demanding standards to an even higher level with new protocols for the current circumstances. We have elevated our cleanliness standards and are changing hospitality norms. As a part of Marriott International's family, we have put in place a multi-pronged approach designed to meet the health and safety challenges presented by COVID-19 as outlined in Marriott's Commitment to Clean. These protocols will continue to adapt to current needs, in consultation with federal, state and local authorities and health experts.

01 Health & Safety Expertise

Marriott's Global Cleanliness Council consists of in-house and outside experts in food and water safety, hygiene and infection prevention, and hotel operations.
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This council is continually working to develop a new generation of global hospitality cleanliness standards, norms and behaviors for our more than 7,300 properties around the globe. The Council is chaired by Ray Bennett, Chief Global Officer, Global Operations, Marriott International, and will benefit from knowledge and input from both in-house and outside experts including senior leaders from across Marriott disciplines like housekeeping, engineering, food safety, occupational health and associate wellbeing.
The Council also includes advisory members Dr. Ruth L. Petran, Senior Corporate Scientist, Food Safety & Public Health for Ecolab, a global leader in water, hygiene and infection prevention solutions and services; Dr. Michael A. Sauri, Infectious Disease Specialist at Adventist Healthcare; Dr. Richard Ghiselli, Head of the School of Hospitality & Tourism Management at Purdue University; and Dr. Randy Worobo, Professor of Food Microbiology in the Department of Food Science at Cornell University.

Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) serves as the official wellness advisor for Gaylord Hotels.

A leader in medical research and one of the top-ranked academic medical centers in the United States, VUMC provides counsel for on-site operating procedures, advises on development of training and educational materials for associates (STARS), and provides expert guidance for standards and protocols relating to the unique, multi-faceted aspects of Gaylord Hotels' convention and resort business.

VUMC was selected both for its nationally recognized expertise in infectious disease control and because of its local ties to Nashville, which is home to Gaylord Opryland, the original Gaylord Hotels property. Both VUMC and Gaylord Opryland are beacons in the Nashville community, and both are dedicated to providing their clientele with distinctive services of the highest caliber.

We use disinfectant products that have been approved and certified by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and other international government environmental agencies, as applicable, for use against emerging viruses, bacteria, and other pathogens. Our enhanced cleaning protocols adhere to the recommendations set forth in the EPA Emerging Pathogen Policy regarding cleaning and sanitization. We are also following the guidance of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), World Health Organization (WHO), and the guidance of our state and local health authorities regarding COVID-19.

In addition to all Gaylord Hotels associates (STARS) completing new and additional training to ensure a safe and clean environment, every hotel has identified dedicated hygiene specialists who are hyper-focused on the health and safety of our guests. In conjunction with this team, every hotel* has on-site medical personnel -- Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) and/or a Registered Nurse (RN) on-site.

*Attractions are supported by local EMT or the local resort's on-site medical personnel.

02 Our Commitment to Clean

At Gaylord Hotels, we have implemented a multi-pronged approach designed to meet the health and safety challenges presented by COVID-19.

Below is an overview of the key components of our plan:

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  • Technology Innovations Technology Innovations
    Enhanced technologies, including the use of electrostatic sprayers in public sprayers and implementing the highest classification of disinfectants recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and World Health Organization are being used to sanitize surfaces throughout our hotels.
  • Deeper, More Frequent Cleaning Deeper, More Frequent Cleaning

    We have implemented extra-stringent daily cleaning procedures that are focused heavily on high touch areas. In public spaces, Gaylord Hotels has added to its already rigorous cleaning protocols, the requirement that surfaces are treated with hospital-grade disinfectants and that this cleaning is done with increased frequency. Public spaces, including, but not limited to, the lobby, aquatic areas, fitness centers, and meetings and convention spaces, have dedicated staff to sanitize frequently throughout the day. In guest rooms, we have added detailed cleaning practices, requiring all surfaces to be thoroughly cleaned with hospital-grade disinfectants. We also are placing disinfecting wipes in each guest room for guests' personal use.

  • Emphasis on Hygiene & Cleanliness Emphasis on Hygiene & Cleanliness

    Each hotel is required to have a hygiene plan. STARS are required to be aware of and follow guidance for personal hygiene, physical distancing and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), in compliance with all federal, state and local public health guidance. Hand sanitizing stations for guest use are placed in high traffic areas and public spaces.

  • Physical Distancing Physical Distancing

    We are using signage throughout our hotels to remind guests to maintain social distancing protocols and have removed or re-arranged furniture to allow more space for distancing. In compliance with local and state mandates, occupancy limits and seating capacities have been reduced to allow for appropriate social distancing. We have added partitions at front desks, concierge stands, and food and beverage service lines to provide an extra level of precaution for our guests; and, have implemented line management initiatives to reinforce proper social distancing. For the protection of our guests and STARS, we have implemented "upon request only" housekeeping service and no STARS are permitted into guest rooms while a guest is present unless for emergency reasons. Masks and gloves are available to all STARS.

  • Contactless Service Contactless Service

    Guests can choose to use their phones to check in, access their rooms, make special requests and order room service that is specially packaged and delivered right to the door without contact. These "touchless" services can all be done quickly via the Marriott Bonvoy mobile app. 

  • Food Safety Protocols Food Safety Protocols

    At Gaylord Hotels, food handlers and supervisors are trained on safe food preparation and service practices. The company's food and beverage operations are required to conduct self-inspections using its food safety standards as guidelines, and compliance are validated by independent audits. We have also enhanced sanitation guidelines and training videos for STARS that include hygiene and sanitizing practices. In addition, the company has modified operational practices for in-room dining and has designed new approaches to buffets.

  • Tailored Options for Meetings & Events Tailored Options for Meetings & Events

    A comprehensive protocol for cleaning, sanitizing, and maintaining physical distancing has been designed to keep attendees safe. Where appropriate, these protocols can be adjusted in partnership with our meeting planners. For example, seating capacities and floor plans may be reviewed on an event-by-event basis to ensure adequate physical distancing that follows local fire department, as well as state and local health authority guidelines. This may include density reduction in meeting rooms and exhibit hall spaces. Convention public space attendants are dedicated to regular cycles of high-touch point sanitization areas and electrostatic sprayers are being used in meeting, conference and tradeshow spaces. In addition, our industry-leading team of sales and event experts are in place to support meeting planners and attendees in navigating the current meetings landscape.

  • STAR Health & Safety STAR Health & Safety

    All STARS are required to have their temperature taken prior to entering their work area. Anyone with a temperature at or above 100.4°F or exhibiting any known symptoms of COVID-19 (following the definition of a reportable illness per the CDC) are not allowed to work. STARS are trained on how to respond swiftly and report all presumed on-property cases of COVID-19 to the local health department. If the property is alerted to a presumptive case of COVID-19 at the resort, the property will work with the local health department to follow the appropriate recommended actions.

03 Gaylord Hotels Technology

We are utilizing the latest technology to ensure a sanitary environment.

Some examples:

Electrostatic Sprayers

Electrostatic sprayers are being used to apply hospital-grade disinfectant to high touch surfaces including hotel lobbies, public spaces, meeting and convention areas, and heart-of-house. We are using the highest classification of disinfectants recommended by the CDC and WHO to treat known pathogens.

Electrostatic Sprayers

Thermal Scanners

Thermal scanners are deployed at each STAR entry point to allow security officers to conduct non-invasive temperature checks of all STARS. Those with a temperature at or over 100.4°F (38°C) will be subject to secondary screening. Those confirmed to have a temperature at or over 100.4°F (38°C) will undergo further medical assessment and be directed to appropriate medical care.

Thermal Scanners

Mobile Technology

Guests can choose to use their phones to check in, access their rooms, make special requests and order room service that will be specially packaged and delivered right to the door without contact. These “touchless” services can all be done quickly via the Marriott Bonvoy mobile app. Note: mobile key is currently available for all Gaylord Hotels properties except Gaylord Opryland.

Mobile Technology

04 Other COVID-19 Protocols

We have been asked about our specific procedures should we be alerted to a case of COVID-19 at our resort.

Case Notification

All Gaylord Hotels have certified Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) and/or a Registered Nurse (RN) on-site. If the hotel is alerted to a suspected case of COVID-19, the guest will be directed toward appropriate medical care through our staff, who follow the direction of local health authorities. We will then conduct additional cleaning and disinfecting protocols of all areas that the guest may have been in during their visit.

Case Notification

Guest Room Recovery Protocol

In the event there is a guest with a confirmed case of COVID-19, that guest room is removed from service. Similar protocols will be used to address offices and other back of house areas.

Guest Room Recovery Protocol

05 Specific Actions and Initiatives

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The actions listed below are an overview of the specific protocols that have been implemented during this time. Each operating department has its own customized set of procedures and is built upon the guidance and consultation of infectious disease experts in the country. We will continue to refine and update our plan as our experts provide more information.

06 Public Spaces and Leisure Amenities

The frequency of cleaning and disinfecting by dedicated staff is increased in all public spaces with an emphasis on high-touch surfaces.
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Electrostatic sprayers are being used to sanitize areas such as public spaces, meeting spaces, and back-of-the house. Additionally, hand sanitizer stations are prominently placed throughout the resorts.
  • Front Desk/Arrival/Bell Services/Departure Front Desk/Arrival/Bell Services/Departure
    • A lobby greeter welcomes guests and provide guidance on proper check-in procedures, encouraging guests to utilize the Marriott Bonvoy app for mobile check in and mobile key. They also ensure social distancing measures are followed.
    • Partitions have been installed at all front desks, concierge, and bell stands.
    • Every other front desk station is available in order to maintain distancing.
    • Stanchions and floor decals provide six-foot social distancing intervals and delineators to properly space guests for line management.
    • Guests are encouraged to use their phones to check in, access their rooms, make special requests and order room service that will be specially packaged and delivered right to the door without contact. Digital Key packets and resort information will be sent to guests' phones. 
    • Paper folios and shared items (for example, pens) have been eliminated.
    • Electrostatic disinfecting sprayers are being used to sanitize all key public areas.
    • Key cards are sanitized after each use.
    • Signage is posted to explain elevator capacity to adhere to social distancing procedures.
    • Bell service is on a request only basis. Attendants will wear appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and the bell carts are sanitized after each use. When delivering luggage to the guest's room, it is delivered after the guest is in the room in order to ensure social distancing.
  • Pool/Waterpark Areas Pool/Waterpark Areas
    Pool/Waterpark Areas Pool/Waterpark Areas
    • Aquatic area attendants are dedicated to regular cycles of guest touch point sanitization.
    • Lounge chairs are spaced out and/or removed from service to maintain social distance.
    • Partitions have been installed at towel desk/kiosks.
    • Cloth chair cushions have been removed.
    • Signage is being used throughout pool areas, slide entrances, and pool dining areas to remind guests to maintain social distancing protocols.
    • Towel desk/kiosks and all other desks and counters are sanitized frequently by hospital-grade disinfectant.
  • Relâche Spa Relâche Spa
    • Unvaccinated guests and customers are required to wear masks throughout the spa except while receiving facial treatments.  For fully vaccinated customers and guests, masks are optional.
    • Guests are required to complete a medical check list prior to any service.
    • All guests and providers are required to participate in a hand washing ritual at the beginning of each treatment.
    • All treatments rooms are sanitized after each treatment.
  • Fitness Center Fitness Center
    • Public space attendants are dedicated to regular cycles of sanitization.
    • Every other fitness machine is out of order to allow for social distancing between guests.
    • There is signage on all equipment and throughout the facility to remind guests of the requirement to wipe down equipment after use.
  • Transportation Transportation
    • Drivers and parking booth attendants wear appropriate PPE. 
    • Seating arrangements and capacity adjustments have been implemented to limit capacity and allow for space between riders. For example, buses will be loaded from back to front and each guest will sit on the window seat on the left and right side skipping every other row. For town cars and SUVs, no more than four guests are permitted per SUV and no more than two guests are permitted per sedan (unless from same household). Guests will not be permitted in the front passenger seat.
    • There is frequent sanitation of high-touch points before use and between each ride.
    • Partitions have been installed at all valet stands.
    • For self-parking, ticket dispensers and exit credit card payment machines are sanitized several times throughout the day.

07 Guest Rooms

Guest rooms are a place of respite for guests and they need to feel confident that the room is clean and a safe environment.
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  • Each room receives a hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes. Any additional amenity requests are left outside the guest room in a sealed container.
  • There will be an increased frequency of filter replacements and HVAC system cleaning to filter out air contaminants and maximize fresh air exchange.
  • All surfaces are thoroughly cleaned with hospital-grade disinfectants.
  • "Upon request only" housekeeping service
  • STARS are not permitted into the guest's room while a guest is present unless for emergency reasons. Masks and gloves are made available to all STARS.

08 Meetings, Conventions & Events

Our meeting, convention and event attendees are of paramount importance to us and we will partner with you to implement appropriate cleaning and sanitizing protocols to keep attendees, and our STARS, healthy and safe.

The following highlights include examples of these protocols:

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Banquet Protocol

  • Seating capacities and floor plans are reviewed on an event-by-event basis to ensure compliance with physical distancing recommendations from state authorities and the CDC, as well as local fire department regulations. 
  • All linen, including underlays, are replaced after each use.
  • Buffets and coffee break stations are attended and guest serving utensils will be replaced frequently.
  • Prepackaged food on coffee breaks and individually packaged beverages (no pitchers or carafes) are served.
  • Partitions for food service lines have been installed.
  • Disposable cups and glasses are used for all breaks.
  • Flatware is provided as a roll-up.
  • Butler passed food and beverage may be suspended.
  • Preset food and drinks are restricted.
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Meeting Space Protocol

  • Seating capacities and floor plans are reviewed on an event-by-event basis. This will ensure compliance with physical distancing recommendations from state authorities and the CDC, as well as local fire department regulations. 
  • Multiple general sessions/breakout tracks can be implemented for groups to limit mass numbers together at one time (when available).
  • Convention public space attendants are dedicated to regular cycles of guest touch point sanitization. High-touch points such as conference room doors, light switches and other equipment are sanitized after each group's use.
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09 Restaurants & Bars

In response to the current environment, Gaylord Hotels is following enhanced sanitation guidelines and utilizing food safe trainings for all hosts, servers, food runners, and chefs.

To minimize risk, we have modified access to menus to include digital menus and disposable printed menus at select locations.

Specific actions and protocols include, but are not limited to, the following:

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  • Seating capacities, floor plans, and occupancy are limited to expand distance between diners and in compliance with state and local mandates.
  • Hosts and managers manage physical distance and entries, waiting areas, and queues (in addition to signage). Peak period queuing procedures will be implemented when guests are not able to be immediately seated.
  • Partitions have been installed at all host stands.
  • Restaurant attendants are dedicated to regular cycles of guest touch point sanitization.
  • Digital menu options are available via mobile device in select locations o limit printed menus.
  • Outlets are offering take out menus, grab-and-go offerings, or counter service where appropriate.
  • Check presenters, votives, pens, and all other reusable guest contact items are sanitized after each use.
  • Hand sanitizer stations are placed at the entrance to each outlet.
  • All food and beverage STARS are fully trained and compliant in food safety training and protocols.

10 STAR Initiatives

Our STARS - health, safety and knowledge - are essential for an effective cleaning program.

Here are ways we are supporting them:

New & Ongoing Training

New & Ongoing Training

In addition to training on housekeeping and hygiene protocols, STARS have also completed enhanced COVID-19 awareness training, with more comprehensive training for STARS with frequent guest contact including housekeeping, food & beverage, public area attendants, hotel operations and loss prevention.
Temperature Checks

Temperature Checks

All STARS are required to have their temperature taken prior to entering their work area. Anyone with a temperature over 100.4°F or exhibiting any known symptoms of COVID-19 will not be allowed to work.
Hand Hygiene

Hand Hygiene

Frequent and proper handwashing practices and utilization of hand sanitizers are both vital to help combat the spread of viruses. In our daily meetings, our STARS are reminded that cleanliness starts with this simple act.
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

Appropriate PPE - masks and gloves - are provided and are required to be worn by STARS based on their role and responsibility, as well as in adherence to state and local guidelines. STARS will also be trained on proper use and disposal of PPEs.
Real Time Information

Real Time Information

Gaylord Hotels corporate and regional teams are on standby 24/7 to support the hotels and coordinate with local and regional authorities.

11 Special Events at Gaylord Hotels

For over three decades, Gaylord Hotels has become legendary for providing magical holiday events and seasonal activities for visitors of all ages, and this year is no exception. Our special events and activities have all been redesigned to deliver the same extraordinary experience while integrating new, enhanced health and safety measures. Specific protocols vary per attraction and include, but are not limited to, the following:
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  • Ticket sales are now contactless, with physical box offices being replaced with virtual box offices.
  • Advance ticket purchases/reservations are required to limit event capacity.
  • Mobile tickets are in use, along with ‘touch free' ticketing scanners at events.
  • Social distancing is encouraged with floor decals and signage throughout the queue lines and attractions.
  • Crowd sizes are limited with guest capacity set in accordance with local and regional regulations.
  • Unvaccinated guests and customers are required to wear masks. For fully vaccinated guests, masks are optional.
  • More frequent cleaning using enhanced technologies and hospital grade disinfectants.
  • High frequency cleaning rotation for surfaces, rope and stanchion poles, door handles and other applicable areas, following the hotel cleaning standards of high-touch areas. 
  • Sneeze guards are installed at point of sale stations. All pens and multi-use items are sanitized between uses.
  • Hand sanitizing stations are installed throughout the resort and attractions. 
  • All STARS wash hands frequently.
  • All STARS have completed enhanced COVID-19 training.
  • All food and beverage operations within the attractions operate using specific protocols including table spacing, social distancing, enhanced cleaning protocols and other health and safety measures.
  • Character meet and greets incorporate social separation with no direct physical contact.
  • Additional space is provided for queue lines and floor decals and/or signage encourage social distancing while in line.
  • All performers are masked and distanced from guests, according to local and state guidelines
  • Any props or interactive spaces/elements (e.g. escape rooms, skates) are sanitized between every use.


  • Shows & Performances:

    • Performers will be distanced from guests according to local and state guidelines.
    • Mask guidelines will be followed.
    • No contact between guests and performers.
    • Socially distanced seating for attendees or, if standing room only, social distance floor decals spaced out according to state and federal guidelines.
    • Seats sanitized between each show.
  • Craft Studio

    • Tables are staged at least six feet apart and guests are seated to avoid walking next to other occupied tables
    • Private groups of up to four are seated on individual tables
    • Booking and supplies tables have plexiglass shields between STARS and guests
    • Access to the ticket/check-in area limited to one person at a time. All other family/group members will be escorted and seated at a table
    • Access to the supplies table limited to one person at a time
    • Tables are wrapped with disposable coverings, which are replaced after every use and all tables and chairs are sanitized between guests
  • Escape Room

    • Maximum group sizes of four to eight people allowed.
    • Only tickets guests area allowed in the sterile environment. No spectators allowed.
    • Escape Room is sanitized thoroughly with hospital grade disinfectant between each group. The room is also sanitized twice a day with our electrostatic sprayers.
    • All paper clues have been removed and replaced with laminated alternatives that are sanitized between guests.
    • Hand sanitizer is available for guest use before and after the experience.
  • Carriage Rides

    • Private rides only available to one group/family
    • Carriage cleaned after every ride
  • Outdoor attractions

    • Trained STARS throughout the attraction to stroll and monitor so that social distancing is observed between groups
    • timed tickets sold in one-hour increments to control crowds and allow for proper social distancing
    • Access-controlled environment to ensure compliance with occupancy guidelines
    • Hand sanitizers placed around the attraction
    • Additional space for queue lines to ensure social distancing

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