Tourists and conventions could be coming back to Springfield soon

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — The hospitality industry is gearing up to allow for visitors and conventions in Springfield again.

The Oasis Hotel and Convention Center announced on Friday, May 15, it’s developed a plan for reopening with new procedures for guests and staff.

General Manager Missy Handyside says the hotel has purchased and is in the process of installing a UV-C light system in the convention center, pool and other public areas

“We actually leave the room vacant for 48 to 72 hours, so none of our staff members actually go into that room to collect dirty linen or take out trash for at least that amount of hours,” said Handyside.

All of our air that passes through all of our rooftop units. Basically 99.9% of that air is being rid of viruses including the coronavirus,” said Guy Mears, chief engineer of the hotel.

There is also a screening station set up at the front doors where all visitors and staff are required to have their temperature taken when entering the building.

“Our goal is to be the healthiest hotel and event center so that our guests feel at ease once local restrictions of social gatherings are lifted,” says Handyside.

John Blansit, with Fire and Ice Restaurant, said they are adjusting to new occupancy guidelines, while also changing the way they do room service.

“Before, the dishes would go up on China, maybe you would get a salt and pepper and things that would be reused, so during this time and for the foreseeable future everything is completely disposable that goes up to room service,” said Blansit.

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