This page contains the following information:
- CARES Act
- Paycheck Protection Program
- Additional Financial Relief Opportunities
- CMBS Lending
- Additional Resource Pages
- Reopening Information
- Cleaning & Disinfecting Measures
- Brand Specific Information
- Personal Preventative Information
Federal Relief Information
A key provision of the federal economic relief legislation known as the CARES Act is a government-backed forgivable loan program called Paycheck Protection Program (PPP).
Businesses can apply through any existing SBA lender or through any federally insured depository institution, federally insured credit union that is participating. It is highly recommended that businesses consult with their local lenders. All loans will have the same terms regardless of lender or borrower.
PPP Information for Borrowers - U.S. Treasury Department
Treasury PPP FAQ - As of May 13, 2020
Special note: CMBS borrowers need to review provisions of their loan agreements regarding the impacts of additional indebtedness. OHLA is advocating for state and federal guidance to provide flexibility in CBMS lending, but those steps have not been taken yet.
Additional Financial Relief Options
Fully refundable credit for employers of up to $5,000 per employee equal to 50 percent of qualified wages (including allocable qualified health plan expenses). It applies to wages paid between 3/12/20 and 12/31/20. Employers will report their total qualified wages and the related credits for each calendar quarter on their federal employment tax returns (usually Form 941, Employer's Quarterly Federal Tax Return. Form 941 is used to report income and social security and Medicare taxes withheld by the employer from employee wages, as well as the employer’s portion of social security and Medicare tax.) For more information see the IRS webpage.
While working every day for the ability of hotel & lodging properties to accept more business, host larger and different types of events, and access more financial assistance and resources than have been made available to date, we also recognize that many of our businesses need help in fighting to get over the bridge into the period in 2021 when we will see revenues increase to beyond sustainability levels.
That is why two of our most important initiatives are focused on providing owner and operators assistance in securing reasonable modifications to CMBS loans, and in connecting members with legal counsel specializing in pre-foreclosure actions.
Help on CMBS
OHLA Allied Member Segar Consulting brings national level expertise coupled with on-the-ground support to help you with difficult CMBS servicer situations and delinquencies. They have proven results, and will meet with any hotel owner or management company in person, online, or by phone.
To set up a conversation with the experts at Segar, email email@example.com or call 614-832-7872.
Questions about Pre-Foreclosure?
Many companies will need to consider their positions regarding one hotel with a view to protecting an entire portfolio. OHLA has relationships with legal partners specializing in this area who can help manage the process to protect your interests but preserve long-term relationships, future financing opportunities, and other important aspects of your day-to-day business.
Our bench of legal partners include firms in different parts of the state and with national level expertise. The reality behind the statistics is that some foreclosure activity will be a reality. OHLA has partners that can help.To discuss, contact Joe Savarise, OHLA Executive Director, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Quick Answer Resource Documents
Small Business Debt Relief Program FAQ - Allied Member WVC Rubix Cloud
- Allied Member WVC Rubix Cloud
- Allied Member WVC Rubix Cloud
Feedback or Questions?
If you have questions about the federal relief programs or comments about your experiences about applying for economic assistance, you can share those via our online system.
Important Note for Hotel & Lodging Environments
It is critical for cleaning and maintenance procedures to be strictly followed to help prevent the spread of all illnesses. Staff who are sick or have been at high risk of exposure should remain isolated at home. Employees must inform employers if they develop any symptoms.
The risk of hotel guests who may be infected staying in a particular hotel is currently extremely low. Information is available to provide guests to help them avoid spreading the virus.
Housekeeping & maintenance teams should avoid close contact with guests who have self-isolated. They should wear gloves while cleaning, and use alcohol hand rub before and after wearing gloves.
Before entering the room, cleaning staff may inquire if people are well, and ask them to put on a surgical mask, if available. If a guest develops symptoms, they should remain isolated and the hotel should notify their public health agency.
Do not consider people of Asian decent more likely to have COVID-19. This is a worldwide problem.
Informational OHLA Resource Pages for Hotel & Lodging Employees & Associates
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Cleaning & Sanitization Resources
Petra Plus Process Recommendation Resources
Petra Risk Solutions has provided us recommendations regarding ill hotel guests, temporary use as a healthcare facility, & hotel closing procedures for both full and limited service properties.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Cleaning Resources
List N: Disinfectants for Use Against SARS-CoV-2
All products on this list meet EPA’s criteria for use against SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. List N: Products with Emerging Viral Pathogens AND Human Coronavirus claims for use against SARS-CoV-2
OSHA Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19
Federal guidance to reduce the impact of COVID-19 outbreak conditions on businesses, workers, customers, and the public by helping employers to plan now specific actions to respond to COVID-19. Includes steps all employers can take, and information about low, medium and high exposure risk jobs. Download the guide here.
OHLA Allied Members Cleaning & Disinfection Recommended Procedures
Our partners at P&G suggest following the disinfection procedures to keep you and those around you safe during this coronavirus outbreak.
Our partners at Advantage Equipment have provided us best practices for laundry and laundromat services in response to COVID-19. Each area that processes using commercial laundry equipment may need to address the growing Coronavirus concern in different manners. Check out the latest information on their resource page.
Our partners at CINTAS recently launch their Sprayer Disinfecting and Sanitizing Service to help put customers & employees at ease. These on-site services consist of the application of a disinfectant that
kills germs, bacteria and viruses on identified common surfaces and touchpoints, or the application of a
sanitizer that may be applied to food contact surfaces and that substantially reduces certain bacteria on
identified common surfaces and touchpoints.
They also suggest to review your current First Aid & Safety programs to understand what you may need on hand, what services you would like to begin and ways to keep your employees certifications or skills assessments up to date. See More Information here.
Brand Specific Cleaning Information
On March 10, 2020 out of Bethesda, MD - Marriott International Issued a statement on Cleaning Protocols for their properties in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. This included the safety knowledge for associates and guests and proper products to be used. See the complete statement here.
MCLEAN, Va. - Hilton announced a new program to deliver an industry-defining standard of cleanliness and disinfection in Hilton properties around the world. In a first for the hospitality business, Hilton will collaborate with RB, maker of Lysol and Dettol, and consult with Mayo Clinic to develop elevated processes and Team Member training to help Hilton guests enjoy an even cleaner and safer stay from check-in to check-out.
Personal Prevention Measures
What is COVID-19?
A virus is a microscopic biological agent that reproduces inside the cells of a living host. Coronaviruses can cause illness similar to common colds, or much more serious diseases. The COVID-19 virus is a new, respiratory illness that can spread from person-to-person. As of Mar. 1, it impacted people in 50 countries. On that day, there were 71 confirmed cases in the U.S., compared to 79,828 in China, 3,736 in South Korea, 1,694 in Italy and 978 in Iran.
Coronavirus is a serious situation, but businesses should also note that according to the Centers for Disease Control, as of Feb. 1, 2020, more than 22 million Americans had been infected with seasonal flu, and 12,000 adults and 78 children have died in the flu season beginning in October.
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Important Resource Guides
COVID-19 Prevention & Preparedness Resource Guidebook
The American Hotel & Lodging Association has prepared a comprehensive guide to COVID-19, with information on understanding and recognizing disease; employee safety, decontamination, communication suggestions and more. You can download the guidebook here.
Employer’s Guide to Coronavirus/COVID-19
As an employer, you have specific concerns and considerations regarding the potential outbreak of COVID-19. Workplace safety issues are at the forefront of information shared by OHLA and its partners. This detailed guide will help you understand the employer’s role and will answer some of the most frequently asked employer questions about coronavirus. Provided courtesy of OHLA Allied Member Fisher Phillips LLP.