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Someone Says They Caught Coronavirus at Your Hotel: Now What?
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May 21, 2020 via Skift
Liability lawsuits are almost an inevitable part of operating a hotel, but coronavirus is a new legal frontier for hospitality lawyers.

It is a matter of when, not if, a wave of litigation unfurls against property owners from plaintiffs claiming they were exposed to the virus at a commercial property like a hotel, lawyers interviewed by Skift say. A late February medical conference at the Marriott Long Wharf in Boston was labeled a "super spreader," where attendees unknowingly contracted the virus and later passed it on upon returning to homes in states like Tennessee and North Carolina.

At a time when social distancing is a key combative measure against the spread of the virus, group events could be seen as the ultimate hospitality liability. But successfully winning a coronavirus claim against a hotel owner will be more difficult than prior health threats.
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May 4, 2020 via Cheers Magazine

In addition to the obvious health concerns and risks of COVID-19, the pandemic has severely impacted individuals and businesses from an economic standpoint—particularly the restaurant industry. As states ordered restaurants and bars to close up shop to prevent further outbreak, on-premise operators were left with limited or no income.

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