CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)

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CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) UPDATES

Good afternoon Members,
The Hotel & Lodging Association of Greater Houston recognizes the importance of keeping the members informed of issued that are currently facing the travel and tourism industry in Houston and the greater area.

If you need additional information or require assistance please contact our office via-email as we are working hard to provide you with the information you need in a timely manner.

Stephanie Haynes – President
shaynes@houstonhotels.org

Mary Lou Gonzales – Events & Membership Manager
mgonzales@houstonhotels.org

We encourage you to use these official resources to make sure that you are receiving the most accurate and up-to-date information.

Governor Abbott issues executive order requiring travelers from New York, New Orleans to self-quarantine. Place of quarantine can be a hotel.

Today, Governor Abbott issued an executive order mandating that people arriving at a Texas airport from either a point of origin or a point of last departure in New York, New Orleans, Connecticut, or New Jersey are subject to mandatory self-quarantine for 14 days. The place of quarantine can be a hotel or residence, and the traveler is responsible for all costs associated with the quarantine. Governor Abbott ordered the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) to enforce the Order, and DPS will create a form for quarantined travelers to submit to the agency to report their quarantine status.

Harris County under executive order to “Stay Home / Work Safe”.
Mayor Sylvester Turner and Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo issued a “Stay Home, Work Safe” order for all Houston and Harris County residents. The order is effective beginning at 11:59 p.m. on March 24, 2020 and will be in effect at least through 11:59 p.m. on April 3rd. Hotels are deemed a residence and allowed to remain open but restrictions prohibit the gathering of individuals. A copy of the order can be found at www.readyharris.org/stayhome.

County Judge Hidalgo Limits Restaurant Service to Take Out, Deliver or Drive Through

On March 16th, Harris County Judge Hidalgo issued an executive order through March 31st which prohibits restaurant dinning rooms and bars but allows for the food service through take out, delivery or drive through. This restriction went into effect Tuesday, March 17 at 8 AM and continues for the next 15 days. On March 18, Governor Abbott issued a waiver which temporarily allows restaurants across the state to deliver alcoholic beverages with purchases of food. A copy of the order can be found here.

City of Houston Extends Emergency Health Declaration Indefinitely

On Tuesday, March 17 Mayor Turner and City Council voted to extend the City’s Emergency Health Declaration indefinitely. The Mayor cancelled all city-sponsored and permitted events through the end of April. City Council presentations, which usually occur on Tuesdays, have been suspended through April. Council meetings will be limited to 50 people.

Governor Abbott Orders Statewide Limits Size of Public Gatherings & Closure of Dining Areas and Bars

On March 19th, Governor Greg Abbott issued a statewide executive order which limits the number of people to 10 who can gather in one place at a time, closes restaurant dining rooms, prohibits drinking in bars, closes gyms and massage establishments, limit nursing home visitations; and temporarily close schools. These executive orders are effective midnight Friday, March 20 through Friday, April 3, with the possibility of an extension.. The Texas Hotel & Lodging Association has prepared a brief on the executive order, for more information you can Read more here.

Texas Hotel Government Contract/Lease Survey

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

How Hotels Can Prevent The Spread Of COVID-19

While the CDC is advising businesses that no additional disinfection beyond routine cleaning is recommended at this time, Justin Bragiel with the Texas Hotel & Lodging Association has compiled the advice from leading hotel industry health and safety experts with regard to hotel cleaning practices.
Read more about recommended cleaning and sanitation practices.

Bridge Loans for Texas Lodging Operators

The Texas Governor’s Office has submitted the necessary paperwork for all 254 counties in Texas to be eligible for this federal SBA assistance, including Harris County. For more information, please visit this SBA webpage. You can start the application process here.

Harris County Drive Thru COVID-19 Testing

Friday, March 20, the first city-administered drive-through testing site was opened to first responders and health care workers. On Monday, March 23rd, testing is now available to high-risk, symptomatic patients. Residents should not arrive to the testing site without the required pre-screening. Please check the Houston Health Department site for more information on the pre-screening process and testing sites.

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