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The safety and well-being of our community, guests, members, and service professionals is always our top priority.
We encourage you to read our comprehensive safety protocols below.

Health & Safety Protocols

We encourage you to review the US Centers for Disease Control’s website for the latest information about COVID-19. Below are the comprehensive protocols and procedures we have put in place.


For international travelers that require a negative COVID-19 test for travel, please view the Pinellas County COVID-19 testing site website for convenient, nearby testing locations.


We have made the following changes to our COVID-19 protocols:

  • All service professionals are required to wear masks and social distance. 
  • Unvaccinated guests are encouraged to still wear masks and practice social distancing.

Thank you for your mutual commitment to the health of our community.


The health and safety of our guests and service professionals is our primary objective.

Surface Areas
Throughout our hotels and resorts, Salamander increased its already-rigorous cleaning protocols. Surfaces are thoroughly treated with hospital-grade disinfectants and cleanings are conducted with increased frequency.

Guest Contact
All medical advice, including that from the CDC and WHO, states that direct, person-to-person contact is the primary way COVID-19 spreads. To help prevent the risk of transmission in this way, Salamander implemented the following protocols:

  1. Placed signage in its lobbies reminding unvaccinated guests to maintain physical distancing protocols (at least six feet)
  2. Masks and gloves are readily available for hotel guests
  3. Installed additional hand-sanitizing stations at the entrances to our hotels and resorts, near the front desk, at elevator banks, and entering fitness and meeting spaces.

Physical Distancing
Guests are advised to practice physical distancing by standing at least six feet away from other groups of people not traveling with them while in lines or moving around the property. All resort outlets will comply with local or state-mandated occupancy limits. 

Hand Sanitizer
Hand sanitizer dispensers, touchless whenever possible, are placed at key guest and service professional entrances and contact areas such as driveways, reception areas, hotel lobbies, restaurant entrances, meeting and event spaces, elevator landings, pools, spa, and exercise areas. Hand sanitizer is provided in public areas and throughout the back of the house for service professionals.

Public Area Signage
Health and hygiene reminders are posted throughout the property, including physical distancing.

Back-of-the-House Signage
Signage is posted throughout the property reminding service professionals of the proper way to wear, handle and dispose of masks, use gloves (in positions deemed appropriate by medical experts), how to wash hands and sneeze, and avoid touching their faces.

Service Professional & Guest Health Concerns
Our service professionals are given clear instructions on how to respond swiftly and report all presumed cases of COVID-19 on property, and they will be ready to provide support to our guests. Service professionals are instructed to stay home if they do not feel well and told to contact a manager if they notice a coworker or guest with a cough, shortness of breath, or other known symptoms of COVID-19. Service professionals and guests who exhibit any of the symptoms of COVID-19 while at the property will be instructed to immediately make this information known to managers and hotel security respectively.


Guest Arrival
Appropriate signage is prominently displayed, which outlines proper mask usage, request to use hand sanitizer, and current physical distancing practices for unvaccinated guests throughout the property.

Guest Arrival via Valet, Taxi, or Ride Share

  • Guests requesting bell service will be assisted and the bell cart sanitized after each guest is assisted.


The role Salamander service professionals play is vital for an effective sanitation, health, and hygiene program.

Hand Washing
Proper hygiene and frequent handwashing with soap are vital in helping to combat the spread of the virus. All Salamander service professionals are instructed to wash their hands for 20 seconds or use sanitizer when a sink is not available every 60 minutes and after any of the following activities: using the restroom, sneezing, touching the face, blowing the nose, cleaning, sweeping, mopping, smoking, eating, drinking, entering, going on and returning from break, and before or after starting a shift.

COVID-19 Training
All service professionals have received training on COVID-19 safety and sanitation protocols with more comprehensive training for our teams with frequent guest contact, including housekeeping, food and beverage, public area departments, hotel operations, and security.

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
Appropriate PPE is worn by all service professionals and in adherence to state or local regulations and guidance. Training on how to properly use and dispose of all PPE is mandatory.


Our hotels and resorts will use cleaning products and protocols which meet CDC/EPA guidelines and are approved for use and effective against viruses, bacteria, and other airborne and bloodborne pathogens. We have worked closely with our vendors, distribution partners, and suppliers to ensure an uninterrupted supply of these cleaning supplies and necessary PPE.

Public Spaces and Communal Areas
The frequency of cleaning and sanitizing is increased in all public spaces with an emphasis on frequent-contact surfaces including, but not limited to, front desk check-in counters, bell desks, door handles, public bathrooms, room keys and locks, ATMs, and stair handrails, gym equipment, dining surfaces, and seating areas.

Guest Rooms
Industry-leading cleaning and sanitizing protocols are used to clean guest rooms, with particular attention paid to high-touch items including television remote controls, toilet seats and handles, door and furniture handles, water faucet handles, nightstands, telephones, in-room control panels, light switches, temperature control panels, alarm clocks, luggage racks, and flooring.

All bed linen and laundry are changed daily and continue to be washed at a high temperature and in accordance with CDC guidelines.

Back of the House
The frequency of cleaning and sanitization is increased in high-traffic, back-of-house areas with an emphasis on service professional dining rooms, service professional entrances, uniform rooms, service professional restrooms, loading docks, offices, kitchens, security scanning podiums, and training classrooms.

Room Recovery Protocol
In the event of a presumptive case of COVID-19, the guest’s room will be removed from service and quarantined. The guest will only be returned to service after undergoing an enhanced sanitization protocol.

Air Filter and HVAC Cleaning: Air filter replacement and HVAC system cleaning will be increased, and fresh air exchange maximized.


Throughout each hotel and resort, we meet or exceed state and local health authority guidelines on proper physical distancing.

Any area where guests or service professionals need to queue is clearly marked for appropriate physical distancing. This includes check-in, check-out, and casual dining.


Cleaning & Sanitizing Protocols
Enhanced cleaning protocols with increased frequency, focusing on high traffic and frequently touched surfaces.
All shared equipment and meeting amenities are to be sanitized after each use with hospital-grade sanitizing chemicals.
All linen, including underlays, is to be replaced after each use.

Polycom, computers, and AV equipment will be wiped down and UV sanitized after each use
HVAC filters will be changed with greater frequency

• Customized floor plans and seating capacities will be created for each individual event
• Hand sanitizer dispensers will be conveniently placed near self-service beverage stations along with tissue boxes and sanitizing wipes
• Linen (when used) will be laundered following each event or linen-less tables will be used
• Open-air venues will be offered for meeting breakouts and coffee breaks

Food and Beverage
• Banquet and catering menus have been modified to offer creative alternatives to self-service buffets, butler passed drinks and hors d’oeuvres
• Buffet service will feature action stations accompanied by single service composed dishes and pre-packaged grab and go options.
• Coffee and other break items to be attended and served by a server and/or have small cocktail napkins available for self-service coffee and tea
• Condiments to be served in single-serve or sanitized individual containers
• Queuing monitored by supervisors
• All menus are single-use and disposed of following the event

Physical Distancing & PPE Protocol
• Staff members are required to wear masks for every event.
• Signage reinforcing social distancing for non-vaccinated guests will be placed throughout the meeting areas
• Staggered breaks, meals, and arrival departure times will be coordinated to avoid crossover.
• Seating capacities and floor plans to be reviewed on an event-by-event basis to ensure appropriate physical distancing that follows State and Local guidelines
• Enhanced conferencing technology to be made available to broadcast into adjacent meeting rooms

Outside Vendors
• Adherence to hotel policies and procedures will be required by all vendors, PPE, cleanliness, and sanitization requirements.