Connecticut Lodging Association
Coronavirus Update 6/15/2021
STR: U.S. hotel results for week ending 5 June
U.S. weekly hotel performance remained relatively flat from the previous week but still reached pandemic-era highs, according to STR‘s latest data through 5 June. 

30 May through 5 June 2021 (percentage change from comparable week in 2019*):

  • Occupancy: 61.9% (-14.0%)
  • Average daily rate (ADR): US$123.49 (-6.7%)
  • Revenue per available room (RevPAR): US$76.44 (-19.7%)

Each of the three key performance metrics were the highest of the pandemic era.
OSHA Releases Workplace Safety Guidance 
The Occupational Safety and Health Association (OSHA) released an emergency temporary standard (ETS) today, COVID-19 Healthcare ETS, to protect healthcare and healthcare support service workers from occupational exposure to COVID-19 in settings where people with COVID-19 are reasonably expected to be present. 
 
OSHA chose not to issue a broader ETS but instead released updates to its general industry guidance, Protecting Workers: Guidance on Mitigating and Preventing the Spread of COVID-19 in the Workplace, to align with CDC’s most recent guidance for vaccinated individuals. OSHA’s updated guidance states, “Unless otherwise required by federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial laws, rules, and regulations, most employers no longer need to take steps to protect their fully vaccinated workers who are not otherwise at-risk from COVID-19 exposure. This guidance focuses only on protecting unvaccinated or otherwise at-risk workers in their workplaces.”
 
In its guidance OSHA also provides employers with recommendations on how to protect workers who have not yet been vaccinated, including:
  • Grant paid time off for employees to get vaccinated
  • Instruct any workers who are infected, unvaccinated workers who have had close contact with someone who tested positive for SARS-CoV-2, and all workers with COVID-19 symptoms to stay home from work 
  • Implement physical distancing for unvaccinated and otherwise at-risk workers in all communal work areas
  • Provide unvaccinated and otherwise at-risk workers with face coverings or surgical masks, unless their work task requires a respirator or other PPE
  • Educate and train workers on your COVID-19 policies and procedures using accessible formats and in language they understand. 
  • Suggest that unvaccinated customers, visitors, or guests wear face coverings
  • Maintain Ventilation Systems 
  • Perform routine cleaning and disinfection
  • Record and report COVID-19 infections and deaths 
  • Implement protections from retaliation and set up an anonymous process for workers to voice concerns about COVID-19-related hazards
  • Follow other applicable mandatory OSHA standards 

Through the Safe Stay initiative, AHLA has continued to work to provide members with the mostcurrent guidance from the CDC, OSHA and other leading public health agencies and will continue to do so moving forward. Following the CDC’s guidance for vaccinated individuals, AHLA released a statement announcing the easing of face coverings and physical distancing requirements for vaccinated guests. In the coming days, AHLA will release a new version of the Safe Stay Guidelines to reflect the most recent guidance updates. 
 
As we receive additional information, we will keep you posted. 
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