Coronavirus Affecting Global Travel; Hotels Must Review Health and Safety Measures

Updated April 13, 2020

Hotel occupancy partnerships with local governments

Texas Hotel & Lodging Association is in communication with the State of Texas and with local governments regarding the possibility of hotels entering into an occupancy agreement lease or other agreement with the government during the response to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.

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Texas Hotel & Lodging Association is in communication with the State of Texas and with local governments regarding the possibility of hotels entering into an occupancy agreement lease or other agreement with the government during the response to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.

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We are responding to assist hotels during this crisis.

Know the facts and don’t panic. 

  • Hotels must review health and safety measures for COVID-19 and other viruses.
  • It is also important to avoid panic or fear over the new outbreak of the coronavirus. 
  • Hotels should take this virus seriously, and have a plan in place for guests and for employees.

THLA has contacted experts, researched the issue, and we have compiled answers to your questions.  

What is the “COVID-19 coronavirus,” how is it spread, and how is it affecting travel?

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How hotels can prevent the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus

Updated March 16, 2020. Although the CDC is advising businesses that no additional disinfection beyond routine cleaning is recommended at this time, we are advising hotel properties to follow the advice from leading hotel industry health and safety experts.

Read more about recommended cleaning and sanitization practices.

Where can we get more information about the COVID-19 coronavirus?

  • Our partners at Fisher Phillips released an excellent comprehensive guide for employers.
  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) maintains a situation page dedicated to the COVID-19 coronavirus.  The CDC is updating this page regularly with the latest information on the status of the outbreak and guidance to stay healthy.
  • The Texas Department of State Health Services is the agency responsible for responding to health issues within Texas. This DSHS COVID-19 webpage has up-to-date information about the State of Texas’s response to the issue.
  • AHLA has a one-pager guide for employers available here.


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