Coronavirus (COVID-19) 

Official Statement from OHLA on coronavirus/COVID-19.

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  5. Allied Members Offers in response to COVID-19
  6. Employment Opportunities for Displaced Workers




Latest COVID-19 OHLA Updates

OHLA Shares Input to Governor and Officials on Negative Impacts of Current Limit on Alcohol Sales in Meeting & Events Environments

OHLA has been working behind the scenes on a number of efforts to allow hotel & lodging businesses to accept larger events and different types of events than are permitted under the current official state Orders.

As groups such as the Ohio Restaurant Association and tavern owners have increased pressure for more flexibility in their hours, the Governor has signaled a softening of his stance and indicated the impacts on businesses are being considered.

This story from the Associated Press wire service said the limit is under review, and references Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley’s input about the negative impacts of the order on illegal parties and gatherings.

The curfew has had a measurable impact on many hotel & lodging operators that are permit holders. The prohibition on sales after 10:00 pm, and consumption after 11:00 pm, has led to operational difficulties, confusion and conflicts among clients, and loss of business because of the resulting cancellation of events.

Many hotels compete with meeting and event venues in neighboring states. Inconsistency in alcohol sales rules places Ohio businesses at a competitive disadvantage, at a time when our industry is still massively impacted by the pandemic.

OHLA shared its feedback in this letter to Governor DeWine, the Director of the Department of Commerce, the Superintendent of the Ohio Division of Liquor Control, and the Executive Director of the Ohio Liquor Control Commission."

See full update here.


Travel Economy Organizations Ask Officials for the Ability to Increase Business by Accepting Larger Events and Additional Types of Events While Increasing Health Safety

September 25, 2020 - Columbus - "OHLA and our partners at the Ohio Travel Association are urging Governor DeWine, Lt. Governor Husted, Acting Health Director Lance Himes, Director of the Development Services Agency Lydia Mihalik, and other key state officials to consider the mounting negative financial impacts of the pandemic on the meetings and events industry, and to provide a lifeline to businesses and their employees by adjusting the state orders which limit events in hotels, convention centers and other meeting venues.

In a letter to the Governor, the organizations point out that recent developments underscore the severe and potentially permanent impact the current restrictions will have on Ohio’s travel economy."

See full update here.



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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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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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