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Redesigning Hospitality for COVID-19 CDC Guidelines

As we start to think ahead and navigate what the ‘new normal’ will be, we as designers must start providing space plans within the CDC and state guidelines, which mandate 6 feet of distancing and small group gatherings.  Providing these proactive plans is beneficial to both clients and design teams, as it allows them to think ahead to develop new circulation paths and promote healthy interaction.


For Limelight Hotel in Aspen, R+B has developed a suggested plan that includes furniture removal and space redesign to align with the recommended guidelines. Upon entering the lobby and dining spaces, the removal of chairs from the community tables visually aligns people with smaller seating groups. This same idea applies to the lounge chairs and sofas.  We also thought through the positioning of seating groups so that no one is encouraged to ‘pull up a seat.’


These new COVID-19 plans are part of our new process as designers, and we are confident that we can maintain a healthy space through excellent design.




Interested in developing a redesign guideline for your hotel, restaurant, office, or commercial space? How about a new space plan for entertaining at home? Please contact us!