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Update for Wednesday, May 27

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

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  • Coalition Letter: AAHOA and partners urge Congress for temporary, targeted liability relief
  • Webcast: Learn about legal liabilities and best practices in the current climate
  • Listening Session: Ohio Rep. Steve Chabot gives AAHOA Members an exclusive update
  • Webinar: Learn what you need to know about your property’s water quality before you reopen
  • CDC: 60-page document compiles various existing guidelines for safely reopening the economy
  • MultiState: State-by-state guide provides “openess score” for easy comparison as economies reopen
  • Petra Risk Solutions: New control plan helps California hoteliers open properties safely
  • Vendor Deals: AAHOA’s vendor partners offer exclusive deals and discounts for members
  • Oliver Wyman: Nearly 60% of Americans say they’re ready to travel again
  • PwC Data: March declines were unprecedented, with April’s and May’s even worse

Coalition Letter: Temporary and Targeted Liability Relief Legislation

Today, May 27, AAHOA along with many coalition partners, set a letter to Congress urging them to quickly enact temporary and targeted liability relief legislation related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The letter notes that “members and constituencies are concerned that, despite doing their best to follow applicable guidelines, they will be forced to defend against an onslaught of frivolous lawsuits.”

Many are concerned that the prospect of such litigation and associated exorbitant legal costs are a deterrent to reopening as past surveys have shown that many small businesses are one lawsuit away from closing for good.

Hotel Owners & Conquering COVID: Navigating Finances, Liabilities, and Recovery

Join us at 11-11.30 a.m. EDT tomorrow, May 28 to learn about legal liabilities and best practices to interact with your lender to navigate through the current climate. Peter Berk, President of PMZ Realty Capital LLC - Hotel Finance Group, and Kirtan Patel, Partner at KPPB Law, will help you position your property to be ready when the economy fully reopens and travel resumes. Don’t miss it. Register now.

Join Us for an AAHOA-Exclusive Listening Session with the Top Republican on the U.S. House Small Business Committee, Congressman Steve Chabot

Join us at 11:30 a.m. EDT tomorrow, May 28 for a listening session with Congressman Steve Chabot (R-OH-01) hosted by North Central Regional Director Bhavesh N. Patel. Chabot, the ranking member on the Small Business Committee who also sits on the Judiciary Committee, will give members an exclusive update on movements within the U.S. House of Representatives with regards to COVID-19 relief and recovery. Only the first 100 participants will be able to join the session, so make plans to join us early. Join here tomorrow.

Upcoming Webinar on the Impact of Shutdowns from a Water Quality Perspective

To help slow the spread of COVID-19, many facilities were shut down or sparsely used. This can lead to the water in pipes becoming stagnant, which can cause a variety of issues, including increased risk for regrowth of pathogens. While our understanding of water-quality impacts due to long-term closures is still developing, this webcast will provide current information and recommendations on what water utilities, public health officials, and building owners should consider when buildings reopen.

Moderated by Grace Jang (PhD, Research Program Manager, The Water Research Foundation), this webinar will take place 3-4:30 p.m. EDT tomorrow, Thursday, May 28.

CDC Issues Compilation of Guidance to Assist Reopening Initiatives
The CDC recently released its Activities and Initiatives Supporting the COVID-19 Response and the President’s Plan for Opening America Up Again guidance in response to the nation’s slow but steady march toward fully reopening the economy. Though the 60-page document contains little new information, it does consolidate various previously published recommendations, including critical infrastructure employer guidance, general business guidance, and some industry- or occupation-specific guidance.

The document also includes helpful decision-making tools such as the Workplace Decision Tool, which walks employers through considerations for reopening.


MultiState Issues COVID-19 Reopening Guide That Makes It Easy to Compare States

States have started shifting their focus from managing the COVID-19 pandemic to the economic recovery phase, and as such, many have announced a “phased reopening.” Because each state handled their pandemic response differently and each state’s degree of “openess” relies on many factors, MultiState developed a guide that took 11 of those factors and condensed them into one easy-to-comprehend “openess score.” The guide, which is updated daily, makes it easy to compare states to one another.


New Control Plan Helps California Hoteliers Reopen Safely for Guests, Employees

Coming up with the right plan to reopen their properties safely for employees and guests can be the ultimate challenge for California hotel owners. Petra Risk Solutions has taken the guesswork out of it by creating the COVID-19 Prevention and Exposure Control Plan, required by Cal/OSHA. On May 12, Cal/OSHA set guidelines for operating a hotel in the COVID-19 era, and these guidelines require a COVID-19 written prevention and exposure control plan, similar to the state’s Injury Illness Prevention Plan (IIPP). While this plan can be adapted and used in other states, all state-specific guidelines and regulations must be adhered to.

More Than 30 Deals, Discounts, and Resources to Choose from on AAHOA’s New Vendor Deals Page

As hoteliers continue battling one of the most challenging times in the history of our industry, AAHOA’s Industry Partners are reaching out to help however they can. Many are offering discounts, promotions, and resources you should know about. Check out our Exclusive Deals page to learn more about the members-only deals available from AAHOA’s Industry Partners – nearly 10 new deals were posted just yesterday.

Americans Looking Forward to Traveling More When COVID-19 Restrictions End
Sixty percent of Americans say they’re eager to start traveling again, and they’re not alone. Globally, 56% of 4,600 surveyed travelers also said they plan to travel just as much as they previously did (or more) once COVID-19 travel restrictions are lifted. According to consulting firm Oliver Wyman, most will travel by plane. Fifty percent of Americans surveyed are either waiting for their government or the World Health Organization to announce when it will be safe to travel.


PwC Publishes Hospitality Directions U.S. Report

March declines were unprecedented, with April’s and May’s even worse as COVID-19 impacted the U.S. lodging industry as never before. Those are the main findings from PwC’s Hospitality Directions U.S. report. U.S. hotels experienced declines in top-line performance in March, with RevPAR dropping 51.9% from the same month last year. The second quarter is expected to experience even greater declines, with RevPAR dropping close to 80% from the same period in 2019. The length and severity of the pandemic remains uncertain and is discussed in more detail in the expanded edition of the report.

The length and severity of the pandemic remains uncertain and is discussed in more detail in the expanded edition of the report.