TRAVELODGE’S Burnley and Preston branches have reopened this week as the company accelerates its post lockdown reopening programme.

This will include 100 branches UK wide and a multi-million-pound Covid-19 health and safety programme.

The company had kept 62 of its hotels open during the height of the crisis for the use of key workers, vulnerable groups and local authorities.

Travelodge spokeswoman Shakila Ahmed said: “We are delighted to reopen two more of our properties in Lancashire.

“The hotels are open for business from this week and the team are set for a busy summer season as we welcome customers back.”

Now that Burnley, Barracks Road branch is back in business, things will not be entirely back to normal straight away.

Additional safety measures will include hotels not being allowed to operate restaurants or serve a hot breakfast buffet.

Hygiene measures will include cleaning throughout its hotels using an antiviral disinfectant, post clean room checks with digital tracking in place, increased cleaning frequency in high touchpoints in public areas and rooms, all linen and towels thermally disinfected, training of every hotel team member on cleaning, hygiene and social distancing and installation of customer hand sanitiser stations in key locations in the hotel.

Social distancing measures will include protective reception screens, signage to mark social distance points including check-in markings, monitoring the number of customers in a designated area such as the reception area and lifts, PPE provided for all hotel staff and housekeeping staff will not enter customer’s rooms during their stay.