Updates from the MHLA President & CEO
Six months into the COVID-19 crisis, Maryland’s lodging industry continues to struggle. Statewide occupancy was at 50% for the month of August, which is below the threshold at which most hotels can break-even and pay debt. MHLA continues to partner with the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AH&LA) on federal advocacy efforts to secure additional relief for our industry. (See below for more information.)
We are gearing up for a virtual 2021 Maryland General Assembly Session, with liability protections and replenishment of the Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund topping our list of priorities going into it.
Recently we have opposed multiple COVID-19 bills proposed by the Baltimore City Council, targeting hotels with policies counterproductive to any hospitality industry recovery and being pushed by labor unions across the country. Bill 20-0544 is scheduled for a Committee vote and potentially second reader on Monday, September 21. Baltimore City members have been alerted and MHLA is actively engaged on this issue. READ MORE in the Baltimore Brew.
MHLA’s advocacy efforts are ongoing, and we appreciate the ongoing support of members and partners who make our work possible. Please contact me with questions or feedback on ways we may best be of assistance during this difficult time.
-Amy Rohrer, MHLA President & CEO
AHLA is asking for hotels to participate in the #SAVEHOTELJOBS grassroots effort
AHLA has launched a final #SAVEHOTELJOBS grassroots effort before Congress goes on recess to campaign. Through HotelsACT, we have been able to make our voice heard like never before. We have grown to nearly 50,000 advocates who have generated nearly 200,000 letters, calls, and tweets to legislators across the country. Simply put, without HotelsACT, we would not have achieved legislative victories to date.
Now, we need your help again!
Please share the attached resources with everyone you know in our industry – team members, employees, colleagues, and friends. Our message is simple, we must act now to save hotel jobs.
We especially encourage General Managers to engage. The more General Managers that join, the more likely their teams will follow. We have created a FAQ, along with a short note explaining the importance of HotelsACT and why we need everyone to join us.
Heads Up: New Maryland employment laws take effect October 1
Click here for a rundown of several Maryland labor and employment laws set to go into effect October 1, written by Andrea Murphy, Kollman & Saucier, P.A..
Local government COVID-19 updates
Harris, Jones & Malone has compiled a helpful list showing were each local jurisdiction falls in Maryland’s reopening stages.