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Indoor recreation sites say operations crucial for well-being this winter

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Operators of places for indoor activity impacted by the governor’s COVID-19 regulations say their operations are essential for the physical and mental well being of the public.

Craig Rhodes, a managing partner for Kingpin Lanes in Springfield, said they were closed during the lockdown this spring, allowed to open for a few months and then closed down again.

“A, we’re in the league bowling season which is the best season for us and going into the holidays where we pick up quite a bit of extra income and foot traffic for the holidays which is not just difficult, but difficult timing as well,” Rhodes said.

Gov. J.B. Pritzker has imposed prohibitions on indoor service at bars and restaurants statewide, and capacity limits on retail operations. Indoor recreation, like bowling, is prohibited.



Rhodes said he’ll be keeping a close eye on the numbers, and if there aren’t declines from all the closures, there need to be some explanations.

“If there’s no change and everyone’s closed, obviously there’s something else if afoot,” he said. “We would certainly demand to have some answers based on those numbers.”


Rhodes said while some don’t consider bowling essential, it is to his employees and to his clientele’s physical and mental well being.

For gyms, there can’t be any group exercises and locker rooms are closed under the governor’s rules. In Springfield, FitBodies owner Chris Schmulbach said he’s gone from group classes to open gym. He also said he doesn’t recommend masks.


“I can’t force them to wear masks, so I guess I’ll take the heat and deal with it from there and see what happens,” Schmulbach said.

Corynne Cooper, the general manager of a fitness facility in Chicago, will be following the guidelines to the letter.

“If [Pritzker] says masks, it is masks,” Cooper said. “If it’s not steam rooms and saunas, it’s no steam rooms and saunas. If it’s no locker rooms, it’s not locker rooms. We’re not trying to cut any corners.”

Both said keeping their facilities open is crucial to the physical and mental health of their clients.

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Mandalay Bay, Mirage ceasing midweek hotel operations amid pandemic

Mandalay Bay and the Mirage will close their hotels midweek beginning later this month, according to operator MGM Resorts International.

They join a growing number of Strip resorts closed during the week because of soft customer demand amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Beginning Nov. 30, the hotels at Mandalay Bay and the Mirage will be closed Mondays through noon on Thursdays, according to a statement from MGM. The closures are not expected to last into the new year, the company said.

An MGM spokesman said the company will “continue evaluating business levels” before deciding when to reopen midweek.

Casinos, restaurants and other amenities will remain open.

In September, midweek hotel occupancy in Las Vegas was 39%, down from 86% from the same month in 2019, according to the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority.

Earlier this month, MGM announced hotel operations at Park MGM would cease during the week. Wynn Resorts has also moved to limit midweek hotel operations on the Strip.

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Global Hospitality Leader Millennium & Copthorne Prepares for Post-COVID-19 Recovery of Hotel Operations

SINGAPORE / LONDON, Nov 18, 2020 – (ACN Newswire) – – A year after delisting from the London Stock Exchange, Millennium & Copthorne Hotels Limited (M&C), a global hospitality leader, disclosed today major initiatives that will prepare it for a recovery by as early as 2021 from the recent challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The privatisation granted M&C greater agility and cushioned impact of the pandemic. Lessons learned and operational changes in recent months have helped to lay a much stronger foundation. Properties across the globe have started to show ‘green shoots’ of improvements in occupancy and Gross Operating Profit (GOP) from the second half of 2020 which are expected to gain momentum in 2021.

London-headquartered M&C was privatised on 19 November 2019 after delisting from the London Stock Exchange at a valuation of GBP2.23 billion (S$3.96 billion). M&C operates 66 hotels (seven of which are managed by third parties) in Asia (12), Europe/UK (21), USA (18) and New Zealand (15) under the Millennium Hotels and Resorts (MHR) global brands; and 79 are under franchise and management contracts.

M&C, with an inventory of over 40,000 rooms and operations in 29 countries, is wholly owned by Singapore Exchange-listed City Developments Limited (CDL), a leading global real estate company with total assets of over S$23.8 billion. CDL is also a Sponsor that holds an effective 37.8% effective stake in CDL Hospitality Trusts (CDLHT), a Singapore-listed Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT) with a market value of over S$1.40 billion.

Assessing The Operating Landscape

In 2019, M&C recorded revenue of GBP1.025 billion (S$1.82 billion) (2018: GBP997 million (S$1.78 billion)) and a pre-tax profit of GBP102 million (S$181.2 million) (2018: profit of GBP106 million (S$188.3 million)) and included net valuation and impairment charges of GBP34 million (S$60.4 million) (2018: GBP36 million (S$101.2 million)). Excluding the effects of impairment losses and net revaluation gains, M&C reported profit before tax of GBP136 million (S$241.6 million) in 2019 (2018: GBP142 million (S$252.3 million)).

M&C has assessed as positive recent reports of vaccines against COVID-19, air travel ‘bubbles’, the recent US presidential elections and plans to hold the Tokyo Olympics in 2021 (postponed from 2020). The signing by 15 countries of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) world trade pact also points to a brighter future for the region.

In Singapore, where M&C operates over 2,000 hotel rooms, several properties will resume pre-COVID-19 activities such as selling rooms, corporate bookings, events and weddings in the next few months.

M&C recognises that in this ‘new normal’ hygiene is much more important when a customer chooses a hotel, restaurant or consider events; and that brands must look beyond ‘personal touch’ and ambience to include the promise of safety and to emphasise value for money.

The new business dynamics mean that large hospitality groups such as M&C must have sufficient working capital to weather possible prolonged uncertainty or

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Commonwealth Hotel Collection Appoints Jennifer Porter Vice President of Operations

COVINGTON, Ky., Nov. 16, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Commonwealth Hotels is pleased to announce the addition of  Jennifer Porter to their team as the Vice President of Operations at Commonwealth Hotel Collection, LLC. affiliated with Commonwealth Hotels, LLC. and Corporex.

Jennifer Porter joins Commonwealth Collection as Vice President of Operations

Commonwealth Hotel Collection Appoints Jennifer Porter Vice President of Operations

Prior to joining the company, Porter spent 25 years in the hospitality industry in many roles.  Most recently Jennifer was a Vice President of Operations at Winegardner and Hammons/Pyramid Hotels.  During her tenure at Winegardner and Hammons Jennifer had regional responsibility over multiple full-service hotels as well as opening and transitioning hotels for the company. Porter’s experience spans lifestyle, all-suite and conference style hotels in urban, suburban, airport and resort locations across the country. She was influential in growing the revenues, ensuring excellent customer satisfaction, and developing the leadership team. Prior to her Vice President of Operations role, she was the General Manager of multiple full-service hotels with Marriott, Hilton, IHG and independent/boutique hotels.  She is a graduate from Kent State University with a degree in Business Administration.  

“We are thrilled to have Jennifer join our team,” said Bryan Hayes, Managing Director at Commonwealth. “Jennifer’s  depth of hospitality experience and skills strengthen Commonwealth and our properties, better enabling us to face the ongoing market changes of delivering world class organization for our guests and financial returns for our owners.”

About Commonwealth Hotels, LLC
Commonwealth Hotels was founded in 1986 and is a proven partner in providing hotel management services with superior financial results.  The company has extensive experience managing premium branded full service and select service hotels. Commonwealth Hotels currently manages 45 properties with over 4,500 rooms. Additional information may be found at www.commonwealthhotels.com.

Contact: Jennifer Schneider
Commonwealth Hotels
[email protected]
859.261.5522

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Oconee Parks, Recreation and Tourism announces winter operations schedule



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Walhalla, SC (FOX Carolina) – The Oconee County Parks, Recreation and Tourism office has announced its operating hours for its parks in the Winter of 2020.

Chau Ram County Park

Campground closes Nov. 16-Feb.28, 2021, re-opens March 1, 2021 Park will expand winter hours; Open 9am-4pm daily Nov-Feb with the following exceptions Park will close for safety when below freezing, ice present or flooding Park will be closed for Thanksgiving Thursday, November 26 and Friday, November 27 Park will be closed for Christmas break December 21-January 3rd

High Falls County Park

Campground closes Nov. 16-Feb. 28, 2021, re-opens March 1, 2021 Park gates will be open daily 7am-10pm through the winter with the following exceptions Day use area closes daily at dusk Park gates will be closed for Thanksgiving Thursday, November 26 and Friday, November 27 Park gates will be closed for Christmas Thursday, December 24th and Friday, December 25th

South Cove County Park

Campground closes December 21-January 3rd Park gates will open daily 5am-10pm with the following exception

Park gates will be closed for Christmas Thursday, December 24th and Friday, December 25th

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Huazhu Group Limited Announces Preliminary Results for Hotel Operations in the Third Quarter of 2020

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SHANGHAI, China, Nov 05, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE via COMTEX) —
Huazhu Group Limited (NASDAQ: HTHT and HKEX: 1179) (“Huazhu”, “we” or “our”), a world-leading hotel group, today announced preliminary results for hotel operations in the third quarter ended September 30, 2020 (“Q3 2020”).

During Q3 2020, despite some mini-outbreaks in several cities, our occupancy rate recovery continued, thanks to China’s effective control of the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition, our average daily room rate had also recovered gradually along with the occupancy rate. More importantly, leisure traveling was the key driver to lead this recovery, which had resulted in outstanding performance of our upper-midscale and upscale brand hotels.

Steigenberger Hotels AG and its subsidiaries (“DH”) operating performances had also recovered steadily from July until mid-September 2020. However, this recovery trend was temporarily paused since late September due to the second wave of COVID-19 outbreak in European countries. To mitigate the effects of this situation, we are taking further cost and cash flow measures, such as deferred rental payments, reducing or eliminating discretionary corporate spending and capital expenditures, etc. As of October 31, 2020, 91% or 107 of DH hotels were in operation.

Starting from Q3 2020, we have been evaluating our soft brand hotel portfolio and removing hotels with poor product quality or those that do not fit Huazhu’s long-term development strategy from our portfolio. We believe this will help to improve the hotels’ performance and attract like-minded franchisees to join our network. Accordingly, we are now revising our hotel closure target to 550-600 hotels for 2020, up from our initial expectation of 350-450 hotels.

In Q3 2020, Huazhu expects net revenues to increase 0% to 2% year-over-year or to decline 10% to 12% if excluding the addition of DH.

Operating Results: Legacy-Huazhu

                                              Number of hotels                         Number of rooms
                                  Opened      Closed       Net added    As of          As of
                                  in Q3 2020  in Q3 2020   in Q3 2020   September 30,  September 30,
                                                                        2020           2020
Leased and owned hotels           9           (12        ) (3         ) 687            91,218
Manachised and franchised hotels  511         (189       ) 322          5,703          519,547
Total                             520         (201       ) 319          6,390          610,765
                                  As of September 30, 2020
                                  Number of hotels  Unopened hotels in pipeline
Economy hotels                    4,213             1,097
Leased and owned hotels           446               4
Manachised and franchised hotels  3,767             1,093
Midscale and upscale hotels       2,177             1,175
Leased and owned hotels           241               18
Manachised and franchised hotels  1,936             1,157
Total                             6,390             2,272

Operational hotels (excluding hotels under requisition)

                                  For the quarter ended
                                  September      June 30,      September   yoy
                                  30,                          30,
                                  2019           2020          2020        change
Average daily room rate (in RMB)
Leased and owned hotels           288            205           255         -11.4  %
Manachised and franchised hotels  235            181           211         -10.3  %
Blended                           245            185           218         -11.1  %
Occupancy rate (as a percentage)
Leased and owned hotels           90.0      %    67.4     %    82.9      % -7.1   p.p.
Manachised and franchised hotels  87.2      %    69.1     %    81.8      % -5.3   p.p.
Blended                           87.7      %    68.8     %    82.0      % -5.7   p.p.
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City of Norfolk announces new operations for libraries, recreation centers

NORFOLK, Va. – The City of Norfolk has announced new hours and operations for its libraries and recreation centers.

Starting November 2, the Norfolk Public Library will reopen three additional neighborhood branches, and Recreation, Parks and Open Space will reopen indoor pools. Slover will have new operating hours starting October 24.

To follow Department of Health guidelines while providing resources to the community, the following branches will operate two days a week from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.:

Neighborhood Branch Address Days of Operation
Barron F. Black 6700 E. Tanners Creek Drive Tuesday & Wednesday
Park Place 620 W. 29th Street Thursday & Friday
Van Wyck 1368 De Bree Avenue Monday & Friday

All open NPL locations are Grab-n-Go.

The Jordan-Newby and Mary D. Pretlow Anchor Branches will keep the same operating hours, which are Tuesday – Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. They will be closed on Sunday and Monday.

Below are the new operating hours for first floor browsing and Grab-n-Go for Slover Library, starting October 24:

  • Sunday and Monday: Closed
  • Tuesday – Friday: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Saturday: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Starting November 2, RPOS will reopen indoor pools at the following locations:

Indoor Pool Address Operating Days/Hours
Northside Swimming Pool 8401 Tidewater Drive Monday & Thursday, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Huntersville Community Center 830 Goff Street Wednesday & Friday, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Southside Aquatics Center (SSAC) 1750 Campostella Road

Tuesday, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Saturday, 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Only registered participants are allowed in the facility.

Each facility has a maximum occupancy of 30 members at a time

  • One participant per lane (six lanes total)
  • Five to seven participants for non-lane swimming
  • 15 max participants in the multi-purpose room

All participants are required to reserve space for pool use. Reservations can be made online here. Lane reservations cannot exceed 30 minutes, and non-lane reservations cannot exceed 40 minutes.

Masks are required while not in the pool. Locker rooms will remain closed, based on recommendations by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Virginia Department of Health.

Recreational walk-in pool usage is temporarily discontinued until further notice due to COVID-19 safety precautions.

For more information, visit the NPL , Slover and RPOS web pages.

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