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AAHOA is bringing you the latest information as it relates to COVID-19 and your business.

Help AAHOA help hotel owners by sharing this update with owners in your network, whether they're AAHOA Members or not. Turn to AAHOA's Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter accounts for the latest.

Please be sure to read the latest information you receive from brands. As the situation rapidly changes, they're sending out communications to franchisees often. 

 

CONTENT FOUND IN THIS UPDATE

  1. Important Video Update: AAHOA Chairwoman Jagruti Panwala addresses America’s hotel owners
  2. Take Action: Sign up your hotel now - governments need AAHOA Members' help with housing needs
  3. Take Action: State and local leaders need to hear your story - access our toolkit
  4. Webcast Series: Two more webcasts added today!
  5. From the SBA: Updated criteria for the SBA Disaster Assistance Loan Program
  6. OSHA Reporting: Recording workplace exposures to COVID-19

AAHOA Chairwoman Jagruti Panwala’s Video Message for America’s Hotel Owners
In a special video message, AAHOA Chairwoman Jagruti Panwala addresses America’s hotel owners during these unprecedented times. “Our association, our industry, and our nation are facing an unprecedented crisis due to the rapid spread of COVID-19. Our hearts go out to all of you, to your employees, and to your families. Our industry is facing great uncertainty, and these are trying times for all of us. In times like these, we must remain focused and united.” I want to assure you that our Board and AAHOA’s entire team is working around the clock to address the issues hoteliers are now facing in this new reality.” – AAHOA Chairwoman Jagruti Panwala
Watch the Video

What this means for you: Learn more about what AAHOA is doing amid the crisis, how you can get involved, and ways to make a difference for all of America’s hoteliers. We urge you to stay in touch and let us know how AAHOA can help you at this time. Together, we will get through this.

State and Local Leaders Need to Hear Your Story
In every state, city and town, America's hardworking hoteliers and employees are hurting from COVID-19. AAHOA is working around the clock to advocate for our members during this difficult time. Tell your state and local leaders to support hoteliers! AAHOA’s made it easy with our State and Local Advocacy COVID-19 Toolkit. This toolkit is another resource you can use to connect with your state and local officials.
Download the Toolkit

What this means for you: Your voice counts, and every letter makes a difference! AAHOA is making it easy for you to reach out to your state and local officials, and financial institutions. Use this toolkit to make an impact.

Sign Up Your Hotel Now - Governments Need AAHOA Members' Help with Housing Needs
AAHOA is actively working with our partners in government and industry as it relates to State, Local, and Federal outreach to hotel owners regarding leasing/purchasing of hotels to meet the demand for immediate housing of individuals impacted by COVID-19. Please fill out the form if you might be interested in volunteering your property and look to your inbox for more in the coming days. We have compiled a checklist of items for you to consider here before proceeding.
Fill Out the Form

What this means for you: While many of us are in crisis mode, there are ways you can make a positive difference in your community. Consider volunteering your property so you can help individuals impacted by COVID-19.

Two More Webcasts Added Today!
AAHOA is bringing you a series of webcasts that will keep you informed and help determine next steps for your business as it relates to COVID-19. AAHOA is making these webcasts available to the industry, so be sure to share with those in your network, whether they're an AAHOA Member or not. In the past two days, AAHOA added eight more webcasts to the lineup!

Upcoming Webcasts


What this means for you: AAHOA’s work is not done! We’re continually researching more topics and presenters and will bring you more topics in the weeks to come. What’s different about AAHOA’s resources is that they’re created specifically for hotel owners.

Updated Criteria for the SBA Disaster Assistance Loan Program
SBA Administrator Jovita Carranza on Updated Criteria for States Requesting Disaster Assistance Loans: "We’re very encouraged that banks and financial institutions are responding to the President’s efforts to mobilize an unprecedented public-private response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. As a result, most small businesses that need credit during these uncertain times will be able to obtain it. However, our goal is to ensure that credit is available to any and all small businesses that need credit but are unable to access it on reasonable terms through traditional lending channels. To that end, the SBA is relaxing the criteria through which states or territories may formally request an economic injury declaration, effective immediately." Full details here. The relaxed criteria will have two immediate impacts:

Faster, Easier Qualification Process for States Seeking SBA Disaster Assistance
Historically, the SBA has required that any state or territory impacted by disaster provide documentation certifying that at least five small businesses have suffered substantial economic injury as a result of a disaster, with at least one business located in each declared county/parish. Under the revised criteria, states or territories are only required to certify that at least five small businesses within the state/territory have suffered substantial economic injury, regardless of where those businesses are located.

Expanded, Statewide Access to SBA Disaster Assistance Loans for Small Businesses
SBA disaster assistance loans are typically only available to small businesses within counties identified as disaster areas by a Governor. Under the revised criteria issued, disaster assistance loans will be available statewide following an economic injury declaration. This will apply to current and future disaster assistance declarations related to Coronavirus.

Other SBA Links and Resources


What this means for you: With the recent relaxed criteria, the SBA is making it easier for businesses in need to get the resources that matter. While this list of states with approved declarations does not represent every state in the U.S., more are expected to be added to the list. AAHOA will keep you apprised.

Recording Workplace Exposures to COVID-19
OSHA recordkeeping requirements at 29 CFR Part 1904 mandate covered employers record certain work-related injuries and illnesses on their OSHA 300 log. COVID-19 can be a recordable illness if a worker is infected as a result of performing their work-related duties. However, employers are only responsible for recording cases of COVID-19 if all of the following are met:

  • The case is a confirmed case of COVID-19 (see CDC information on persons under investigation and presumptive positive and laboratory-confirmed cases of COVID-19);
  • The case is work-related, as defined by 29 CFR 1904.5; and
  • The case involves one or more of the general recording criteria set forth in 29 CFR 1904.7 (e.g., medical treatment beyond first-aid, days away from work).

Visit OSHA’s Injury and Illness Recordkeeping and Reporting Requirements Page

What this means for you: COVID-19 changes the way that employers are responsible for recording cases, so make sure you understand the latest criteria regarding OSHA reporting.