Governor Signs McKnight Bill Requiring Hotel Sanitization Guidelines

Legislation designed to build the public’s confidence in the cleanliness of the hotel industry has been signed into law by Governor Phil Murphy.

Prime cosponsored by Assemblywoman Angela McKnight of Jersey City, the bill (A-4131) ensures that hotels are implementing proper sanitization standards to limit the spread of the coronavirus.  the new law requires that the state Department of Health issues regulations, while regular inspections are conducted by the Bureau of Housing Inspection.

The bill was cosponsored by Middlesex County Democrat, Assemblyman Robert Karabinchak and Democratic Assemblywoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle of Bergen County.  On the Senate side, President Steve Sweeney sponsored the measure.

Assemblywoman McKnight stated, “Hotel employees must feel safe when returning to work. Consumers using hotels should feel confident they are maintaining certain standards for cleanliness and sanitization.  Protecting residents and reducing the spread of COVID-19 will require every industry to take extra care in how they operate their business. It will help encourage consumers, when we are allowed to get back out there, to book their room, and go enjoy the shore or one of many other great attractions in New Jersey.”

The are more than 197,000 hotel-supported jobs in the State of New Jersey.