Coronavirus (COVID-19) 

Official Statement from OHLA on coronavirus/COVID-19.

You may use this if asked for a statement and/or refer anyone to OHLA.

COVID-19 Frequently Requested Articles/Contents:

  1. PPP Loan Information
  2. CMBS Loan Information
  3. Re-opening/Cleaning & Sanitation Information
  4. Unemployment Information
  5. Allied Members Offers in response to COVID-19
  6. Employment Opportunities for Displaced Workers




Latest COVID-19 OHLA Updates

Employer Vaccine Mandate Information
State of Ohio Hosts “Vaccine Town Halls”
It is important to share reliable facts about COVID-19 vaccines with Ohioans. There are many myths about COVID-19 vaccines. This misinformation can hinder our recovery and present health dangers. Certain groups of Ohioans, such as minority communities and populations with limited access to healthcare, may be more hesitant to get COVID-19 vaccines, wanting to “wait and see” how it goes for others who are receiving their vaccines. The diverse workforce represented in the hotel & lodging industry will benefit from receiving the best information possible.
Ohio is hosting COVID-19 Vaccine Town Halls to help Ohioans sift through the myths and learn where they can find reliable, trustworthy information about COVID-19 vaccines. Each Town Hall will feature information presented by medical experts, community leaders, and public health professionals.
The events will be streamed live and do not require registration. You can watch on the official Ohio Coronavirus portal, Facebook or YouTube. Each date focuses on elements of the vaccination specific to certain populations. OHLA encourages you to share this information with associates.
When to Watch
  • Monday, Feb. 22, 6:30 p.m. – African American Ohioans
  • Tuesday, Feb. 23, 6:30 p.m. – Hispanic/Latino Ohioans
  • Monday, March 1, 6:30 p.m. – Asian American and Pacific Islander Ohioans
  • Tuesday, March 2, 6:30 p.m. – Rural Ohioans
Where to watch 
Use this link for Facebook  
Use this link for YouTube
Use this link for state’s online COVID-19 website
OHLA Continues Efforts to Allow More Business, Provides Sample Letters for Hotels and Meeting Clients
With the recent actions by the State of Ohio to lift the statewide curfew entirely, and to allow self-service food stations in restaurants, bars, banquet and catering facilities, and services, indications continue to show favorable conditions for adjusting orders which have limited meetings and events business since early last year. The Ohio Hotel & Lodging Association continues to work with the Ohio Travel Association and other travel economy entities to advocate reasonable changes to the orders and restrictions which would provide an immediate positive impact on jobs and economic activity.
Events, major venues, destination marketing organizations, local authorities, vendors and others have joined us in a growing coalition in support of this effort. You can view some of their messages of support here.
Now you can add your voice to our efforts! Download a sample letter which will let you to create a message to help us allow more business in 2021. You can customize your message, include a letterhead or logo, and provide to OHLA for inclusion in our next submission to the Governor, Lt. Governor, key officials, and lawmakers.
You can also provide a sample letter to clients to amplify our voice!
You may forward completed letters to
Please take just a moment to create a message to help us allow more group business this year!


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Safe Stay Resources


AHLA-OHLA Safe Stay Guidelines

AHLA-OHLA Safe Stay guidelines are an industry-wide, enhanced set of health and safety protocols designed to provide a safe and clean environment for all hotel guests and employees. 

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Safe Stay Cleaning Checklist

The Safe Stay program of enhanced industry-wide hotel cleaning standards is offering additional resources to hotel and lodging properties and professionals, including an all-new Cleaning Checklist with detailed steps related to guests, employees and cleaning protocols.

Participants in Safe Stay who certify their compliance with the steps aimed at fulfilling the industry’s stepped-up health safety efforts will receive decals, logos and other materials they can use to validate and promote their longstanding commitment to cleanliness and safety. Information that can be used with consumers, guests and the media will also be provided.


Guest Checklist

AHLA with the guidance of the Safe Stay Advisory Council and the support of OHLA released the Safe Stay Guest Checklist which was created to provide a consistent set of safety measures to traveling consumers in all 50 states.
 The Safe Stay Guest Checklist includes: 
  1. Require face coverings in all indoor public spaces and practice social distancing in all common areas.
  2. Choose contactless options, where available, including online reservations, check-ins, and payments.
  3. Consider daily room cleaning, only if necessary. Ask the hotel about your options.
  4. Request contactless room service delivery.
  5. Refrain from traveling if you have, or recently had, any symptoms of COVID-19 or contact with anyone diagnosed with COVID-19.

Downloadable Wear a Mask Poster

Download Safe Stay "Wear a Mask Poster below:
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Click to Download.


AHLEI Training Available: COVID-19 Precautions for Hotels

AHLEI’s new training, COVID-19 Precautions for Hotels, was created in consultation with the AHLA’s Safe Stay Advisory Council, the training highlights industry guidelines and practices endorsed by all major U.S. hotel brands for the purpose of protecting guests and employees, including:

  • An overview of COVID-19, its symptoms, and transmission information (Also available in Spanish)
  • How employees can keep guests and themselves safer through health monitoring and reporting, correct use of face coverings, and frequent handwashing
  • Updated cleaning and disinfecting procedures for front and back of the house
  • Room recovery procedures in the event of a known or suspected case of COVID-19
  • How to implement physical distancing measures

Individuals can sign up now for COVID-19 Precautions for Hotels trainings for just $5. There is also the ability to inquire about providing the training to larger groups. See:


Best Practice Recommendations for ULO Properties

OHLA’s Unique Lodging of Ohio Council has also provided additional recommendations for ULO properties to address specific questions for those businesses.  


See Our Additional Resources


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