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  08 Apr 2020

Florida May Enlist Hotels in Fight to Slow Coronavirus

Floridians exposed to the novel coronavirus may be taking a staycation in a nearby Miami hotel if Governor Ron DeSantis comes to an agreement with the federal government. DeSantis proposed using the state’s hospitality infrastructure to slow the spread of the virus as reported cases in Florida climbed over 9,000 this week.

Through discussions with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, DeSantis is exploring using hotels as quarantine and rehabilitation sites for people exposed to the virus.

Tourism and hotels are integral to the state’s economy, and occupancy and room rates have dipped throughout the month of March as more states, including Florida, issue shelter-in-place edicts to citizens. The proposal, in theory, offers an elegant solution by having the federal government provide funds to the state for housing patients that need to be isolated with mild to moderate symptoms in hotels. 

Property managers are no strangers to shifts in their business where changes occur seasonally and year-over-year even without the presence of a virus that has affected the majority of American’s daily life. With flexible and advanced hotel pms systems, such as Booking Ninjas, industry professionals are sure to rise to these extraordinary times adapting their business to provide relief to medical facilities stretched thin by more severe cases of the virus, and to be prepared when life shifts back to normal with insights customer behavior following an unprecedented disruption to the economy.

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We’ll be sure to keep you updated on the situation in the Sunshine State. Being based in Miami Beach, we like to keep a closer eye on the Florida hospitality world. 

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