How Airports, Hotels, and Restaurants Are Embracing the New Normal

If you ventured out recently, you already know the drill: masks, gloves, and hand sanitizer, plus plexiglass screens and more frequent cleaning at airports, hotels, and restaurants. But deeper changes will soon complement the quickly implemented hygiene protocols and MacGyver-style hacks introduced this spring and summer.

Airport and hospitality designers tell T+L that more big-picture improvements are in the works. “The pandemic is inspiring us to invent new ways to bring people together and still have memorable, engaging experiences,” says David Rockwell, the architect and founder of Rockwell Group, whose projects include the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas and Nobu locations worldwide. “Design is an optimistic act.”