COVID-19 Update

Dear Friends & Family,

At The Merrill Hotel and Conference Center, we feel a great sense of responsibility for the role we play in the lives of our guests and our community and assure you that we have become even more vigilant in practicing strong hygiene and sanitation protocols. We carefully follow all WHO, CDC and State of Iowa safety standards and recommendations and have added additional cleaning protocols above and beyond what is normally necessary to maintain safe sleeping, dining and working environments. Here are some of our COVID-19 plans to put your mind at ease.

Protecting Ourselves, Our Guests and Our Patrons:

  • The Merrill Hotel public spaces are cleaned throughout the day and all frequently touched surfaces such as workstations, counter tops, and doorknobs are routinely cleaned.
  • Targeted applications of non-toxic fogging disinfection is sprayed throughout the hotel, including the lobby, common areas, and guest room floors to provide immediate and long-term disinfection.
  • Plexiglas barriers have been installed where needed.
  • All pens and key cards are sanitized after each use.
  • Hand sanitizer is available throughout the building and masks are available to guests upon request.
  • Molekule Air Mini+ air purification units are available for use in guest rooms. These devices capture particles and destroy bacteria, viruses, allergens, and mold in the air providing additional protection for our guests.


Housekeeping and Laundry Procedures:

  • We have reviewed our cleaning chemicals with our supplier, Ecolab, who has identified an all-purpose cleaner claiming effectiveness against “emerging viral pathogens.” 
  • The list of chemicals being used by Housekeeping can be viewed here and available to overnight guests.
  • We have added additional wrapped, disposable cups to our guest rooms to use instead of glasses if desired.
  • Cribs are sanitized prior to being distributed and upon their return.
  • We have suspended Housekeeping service for stayover rooms. We can tidy rooms upon request.
  • Guests requiring replacement amenities or linens are asked to call the Front Desk and Housekeeping will deliver the items to the guest’s door. 
  • Additional trash can liners are being provided to guests to leave trash outside their door.
  • Artists use gloves to handle dirty linen and are being changed with each load and before handling clean linen.
  • Laundry bins are being sanitized after each load is emptied.


In Our Kitchen:

  • Access to all food handling and storage areas has been restricted to essential Artists only.
  • Current ServSafe Food Safety certifications are available for guests to view.
  • Our Culinary/Stewarding team practices social distancing, respecting assigned stations.
  • Disposable food handler gloves are used in food preparation.
  • Disinfecting procedures and logs have been implemented throughout the entire Food & Beverage operation.


In Our Restaurant:

  • Disposable, rolled, eco-friendly utensils are offered as an alternative if our guests prefer.
  • Disposable, eco-friendly plates and cups are also offered as an alternative.
  • If a straw is requested, only individually wrapped straws are used.
  • All food menus are printed on single use paper.


In-Room Dining:

  • Orders will be delivered in disposable containers. Disposable, rolled, eco-friendly cups, plates, utensils and napkins are used. Condiments will be served in pre-packaged containers only.
  • Delivery will be made outside the guest’s room by knocking, waiting for a response and then handing the order to the guest.


Special Precautions Taken with To-Go and Delivery Orders:

  • Orders will be delivered in disposable containers. Disposable, rolled, eco-friendly cups, plates, utensils and napkins are used.
  • Containers will be labeled and dated. Condiments will be served in pre-packaged containers only.
  • Curbside pick-up is available upon request.

Like you, we are constantly evaluating our daily routines. We’re working on ways to adapt our service to maximize the safety of person-to-person contact without sacrificing attention. Of course, we meet or exceed all governmental requirements. The same is true with directives received from Hostmark, our management company, and our franchiser, Marriott International. 


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