Published on : Tuesday, April 7, 2020
The order prohibits all hotels, motels, inns, bed and breakfasts, and short-term residential rentals (including those arrange through online hosting platforms such as Airbnb and Vrbo) from renting to customers for leisure or vacation purposes. Lodging is instead limited to health care workers, first responders and “essential workers,” those transporting “critical materials to hospitals,” people who are homeless, and people who need to self-quarantine or stay away from quarantining family members, among a handful of other limited exceptions.
Kozlowski said that the association is working with the state to use some hotels as alternative housing for medical staff, homeless people and patients. Matiatos said that some of the hotels in his group have started lodging first responders at a reduced rate. The Connecticut Lodging Association is also looking to help displaced hotel employees find work, including other operating hotels, assistant living or nursing homes that have food service needs.
The association has also been pushing out notices that retail, grocery stores and warehouses are looking for work.
Kozlowski said that they had a whole group of people who are willing and able to work with just a little training.
Like many sectors, one of the more difficult challenges for the lodging industry is both a lack of precedent for a pandemic like this, and an uncertain timeline.
Matiatos said that a hotel’s ability to recover is dependent on two key factors: the financial stability of each respective hotel’s ownership, and the hotel’s location.