L.A. Hotels Offer 10,000 Rooms as Temporary Shelter

LOS ANGELES—More than 115 hotels throughout Los Angeles County have volunteered their hotels to the county’s public health department, providing access to more than 10,000 rooms as temporary shelter to support the COVID-19 response, according to the Hotel Association of Los Angeles (HALA).

The unprecedented response by the L.A. hotel industry represents approximately 15% of all hotel rooms in the city, which are available to protect and isolate population segments vulnerable to the coronavirus outbreak.

“Our hotel community response is just one more example of the extraordinary men and women behind the hotel business,’’ said Heather Rozman, executive director, HALA. “Hospitality is a people business and in a time like this, we’re going to step up and take care of people; it’s what we do best.”

HALA and member hotels have been working with Mayor Eric Garcetti, city council members, county supervisors and county officials to determine how hotel rooms can best be deployed. Assuring the health of individuals who may occupy hotel rooms is a complicated process that is being addressed by public health officials and a multitude of state and local government leaders.

Priorities and processes continue to evolve for who would be housed in the hotels and how an individual’s health would be monitored while sheltering in a hotel, depending on the specific population served and the ever-changing health needs to keep Angelenos healthy and safe.

“Our hotel rooms are available now and we know our public officials are working hard to assure the well-being of all Angelenos and individuals who may need temporary shelter,’’ Rozman added. “Unprecedented challenges require unprecedented action, and our hope is that by opening up thousands of hotel rooms, we can reduce the spread of this virus at a time Los Angeles needs hospitality the most.”

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  1. Bravo Los Angeles. You are only the first to face reality: within a few weeks, all hotels throughout the US will be requisitioned. It will have to be monitored by a Federal authority (hopefully one that is free from our President’s influence), working with Governors and Mayors to set priorities. There will be properties turned into temporary homes for doctors, nurses and other medical personnel. Those will have feeding responsibilities in addition to housing. There will be hotels turned into temporary hospitals for non-coronavirus patients and vulnerable elderly who cannot afford “fancy” senior living homes. (By the way, “fancy” senior living homes that run less than 80% occupancy, will also be requisitioned to shelter the elderly. Then there will be “coronavirus recovery” hospitals: we are still not sure when someone who has been sick with coronavirus becomes completely free of the virus and therefore no longer contagious. Why take a chance? We can estimate that close to 30% of all hotels nationwide will be requisitioned.