FEBRUARY 3, 2021

At Ovation, we remain committed to providing excellent service to our valued clients throughout the COVID-19 global pandemic. Click the link below to view our travel resources guide which includes traveler health & safety information, interactive risk maps, client communications, travel management best practices, webinar recordings and more regarding COVID-19.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has expanded on President Joe Biden’s executive order mandating face masks on planes, making the refusal to wear the covering a violation of federal law, reports Travel Pulse. The rule “will protect Americans and provide confidence that we can once again travel safely even during this pandemic," said Dr. Marty Cetron, director of CDC’s division of migration and quarantine, who signed the order. The rule went into effect on Monday, and applies to travelers on airplanes, trains, subways, buses, taxis and ride-shares. It says travelers must wear a mask that covers their nose and mouth while riding and while getting on and off rides. The order extends to waiting areas such as airports, train platforms and subway stations. The order exempts children under two years of age and people with a disability that makes it unsafe to wear a mask. Travelers will be allowed to remove masks while eating or drinking.

As the Biden administration continues to initiate new mandates to help slow the spread of COVID-19 while traveling, many states are maintaining their restrictions on interstate travel, applying quarantine and testing requirements to out-of-state travelers. It is important for travelers to be updated on the latest statewide regulations. While some US states have no restrictions on travel, all their sites have important COVID-19 safety information, including possible face mask mandates in public settings. States without travel restrictions might still have mask mandates. Click "Read More" below for a comprehensive list of state-specific travel restrictions and safety mandates currently in place across the US as assembled by CNN.

American Airlines has announced that it has expanded its acceptance of VeriFLY, the mobile health wallet that simplifies testing verification requirements. Starting Wednesday, February 3rd, travelers flying from all of American’s domestic airports to eight countries will have the option to use the free VeriFLY app to upload required travel documents such as negative COVID-19 test results, and show those credentials in order to travel on American. Previously, the airline accepted the app for outbound travel from the United States only from the airline’s hub at Miami International Airport (MIA).

Travelers can now use the VeriFLY app for document verification when traveling on the following American Airlines-operated routes:
  • International flights to the US
  • Direct and connecting flights from American’s domestic airports to:
  • United Kingdom
  • Canada
  • Jamaica
  • Chile
  • Colombia
  • El Salvador
  • Honduras
  • Guatemala

British Airways will begin using mobile health passport tool VeriFLY on flights from London to the United States, reports Business Travel News. Beginning February 4th, travelers on British Airways flights from London can provide digital health documents, including negative COVID-19 test results, to the app and verify that they meet all entry requirements to the United States. Currently, the carrier is operating service to Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, San Francisco, Seattle and Washington, DC. In the "near future," British Airways also will enable travelers to use the app when flying from the United States to the United Kingdom, according to the carrier. British Airways and American Airlines are the first trans-Atlantic joint business alliance that will accept a common mobile health passport for those eligible travelers who are permitted to fly between the United States and the United Kingdom.

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) has introduced touchless, automated photo ID scanners at all its security screening checkpoints, reports Airport Technology. According to TSA, LAX is the first airport in the country to be completely equipped with this technology. TSA is now making use of credential authentication technology (CAT) at every security checkpoint in the airport. At the travel document checking station, travelers will be required to hand over their ID to the security officer, who will confirm the authenticity of the document by inserting it into the scanner. Instead of handing over their boarding passes, travelers will only have to hold them up for visual inspection by the security officer, thus reducing a touchpoint.

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At the Grand Hyatt Washington, guests enjoy a city central location and direct access to Ronald Reagan Airport from the lobby via metro. The hotel is located only four blocks from Chinatown, the National Mall, the White House and countless law firms and corporations. Take advantage of the newly constructed fitness center which is complimentary for guests as well as complimentary Wi-Fi. Experience what it means to be “Living Grand."
Guests at the Hilton Checkers Los Angeles enjoy all that downtown has to offer. Guests indulge in the beautiful Southern California weather, while taking in sweeping views of downtown's skyline from the hotel’s iconic rooftop. Safety and confidence remain the hotel’s number one priority with Hilton’s “CleanStay with Lysol” initiative.

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Loews Atlanta Hotel sits in the heart of Midtown surrounded by the city’s best restaurants, stunning parks and many more iconic attractions. Boasting 414 expansive guestrooms and 44 suites, guests indulge in the personal space needed after a long day of work – not to mention stellar views including Piedmont Park, The Federal Reserve Building and even Mercedes-Benz Stadium. The standout amenity at this distinctly modern, luxurious hotel is Exhale Fitness Spa on the 7th floor (fully open for business, but taking proper safety precautions), where guests can sign up for a class such as barre or cycle or simply use their time to relax with a spa treatment at a guests-only discount. Additionally, the spectacular Saltwood Bar is open and a fun treat for any type of traveler.
A modern version of old-world simplicity and stylish European glamour, Mr. C Coconut Grove is an oasis in bustling Miami, nestled in the charming village of Coconut Grove with breathtaking views of Biscayne Bay sprinkled with moored sailboats. The third hotel opened by the Cipriani brothers, after Beverly Hills and New York’s South Street Seaport, is a reflection of their Venice origins. The hotel’s interior features a nautical motif with a color scheme of nautical blue and white and 100 luxury guest rooms and suites have private outdoor terraces. The view of the sailboats can also be enjoyed from indoor and outdoor seating at Bellini, the hotel group’s Italian restaurant named after the peach juice and prosecco cocktail that is the trademark creation at the family’s iconic Venice restaurant Harry’s Bar. At any moment, you could forget you are not in Italy.
The Langham Chicago offers majestic views of the cityscape, the Chicago River and Lake Michigan. Situated in downtown Chicago, the hotel is mere minutes from the Loop, Grant Park, Magnificent Mile, Millennium Park and Navy Pier. Travelers are invited to discover the perfect blend of convenience and stylish comfort only at The Langham Chicago. The 268 guest rooms and 48 suites are designed for the discerning traveler and are decorated with warm color tones and dark woods to create open and inviting space. The floor-to-ceiling windows provide sweeping vistas of the Chicago skyline and river. The modern conveniences and the signature amenities make every room a comforting place to unwind but guests also have private access to Chuan Spa’s indoor swimming pool.
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