5 things to know: 1 June 2020
 
5 things to know: 1 June 2020
01 JUNE 2020 9:12 AM

From the desks of the Hotel News Now Editorial staff:

  • Curfews, states of emergency in place across US
  • Stock futures wobble amid trade tensions
  • Hotels with secret rooms and bars
  • Proof of hotel cleaning hard to determine
  • Hotels turn into offices

Curfews, states of emergency in place across the U.S.: As states enter the sixth day of protests against last week’s police killing of George Floyd, an unarmed black man, cities and counties have put curfews in place and some have declared states of emergency, New York Daily News reports.

Cities across the U.S. are beginning to reopen to start the recovery process from the COVID-19 pandemic, but “now cities across the nation, from New York to Chicago to Los Angeles, are reeling from unrest that could worsen both,” Bloomberg reports.

Businesses, including hotels, have suffered from damage after some protests turned to looting and violence, Louisville Business First reports. The Omni Louisville Hotel is one business that has been vandalized.

Stock futures wobble amid trade tensions: Stock futures in the U.S. fluctuated Monday “amid concerns that escalating tensions between Washington and Beijing will further weigh on trade between the world’s two largest economies,” The Wall Street Journal reports.

S&P 500 futures fell 0.3% while the European and Asian indexes experienced gains.

“Investors said sentiment was tempered after Bloomberg News reported Monday that China has ordered companies to temporarily halt imports of some U.S. farm goods including soybeans,” the news outlet reports.

This could add to tensions between the U.S. and China and “sour the prospects for existing and new trade agreements.”

Hotels with secret rooms and bars: Hotels will have to abide by new social distancing norms once they reopen, and secret rooms might appeal to guests in this new era, HNN’s Terence Baker writes.

The 152-room Grand Scotland Yard Hotel in London, which served as the headquarters of the Metropolitan Police until the late 19th century, has a bar hidden behind a false bookcase.

Sholto Smith, GM at the hotel, said “the whole hotel is brand new, only the walls are old.” The room was originally hidden, and the hotel decided to keep it that way.

“It is a great space, a striking space, and we wanted to give it the feel of a speakeasy whisky bar. When we come out of temporary closure, we’ll see how business looks to be. … Demand initially will be quieter, but rooms like this I think will be popular,” he said.

Proof of hotel cleaning hard to determine: Hotel companies have announced enhanced cleaning protocols amid the coronavirus, but USA Today reports that it might be hard to figure out if hotels have legitimate cleaning measures in place.

“It’s difficult to distinguish between legitimate cleaning efforts and public relations,” Sheryl Kline, a professor at the University of Delaware who has researched hotel hygiene, told the news outlet. “Anyone can do a visual inspection, and it can look clean. Just because it looks clean does not necessarily mean that it is clean.”

Since cleaning is based on a visual inspection, it’s hard to tell if a room is cleaned or has been disinfected more or in a different way, the article states.

Hotels turn into offices: High-end hotels in cities such as New York and Los Angeles are offering up hotel rooms as office space amid the pandemic, Barrons reports.

Guestrooms have been turned into offices at some hotels that are “looking to bring in new revenue streams, while others are responding to their clientele’s requests for a comfortable workspace while maintaining social distancing,” according to the news outlet.

Most rooms include high-speed internet and a comfortable workspace at a discounted price.

Compiled by Danielle Hess.

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