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March 23, 2020
Dear Hotel Leader,
As you have heard by now, Ko Olina Resorts decided to close its hotels and other facilities tomorrow to stop the spread of COVID-19. They did this to protect their employees and Oahu residents from being exposed to the virus. We are hoping that all hotels on the island of Oahu can do the same immediately. We know the hotel industry does so much for our local community and today, we are asking you to do even more. We implore you to show aloha for the people of Hawaii with a temporary closure of your accommodations for all leisure activities until this global COVID-19 pandemic is under control. We need you and your parent company to take action to help us flatten the curve.
The Mayor’s new stay-at-home, work-at-home policy is a step in the right direction. Despite Governor David Ige’s 14-day quarantine order set for later this week, more needs to be done. He says he is aware that further statewide action is needed and has worked with county mayors and others to mitigate the toll this virus takes on our islands people but we need to act now.
We urge you to take stronger, bolder action.
South Floridas top tourist destination, Miami Beach, has closed all hotels and lodging. The mayor of Miami-Dade County in Florida ordered all hotels in the county, closed to all but a limited list of essential guests including healthcare professionals and first-responders, as well as others. Some San Diego resorts and hotels have closed or are planning closures. Hotels in Downtown Chicago also have closed in response to COVID-19.
This action is crucial to keep your employees, their families and the broader Hawaii community safe.
In addition, we ask that you work together to offer several Waikk hotels that would be closed for potential hospital and quarantine use. These hotels could be refurbished for these uses by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. FEMA may pay for the improvements, which include changing hotel air-conditioning systems to ensure COVID-19 and other viruses are not spread to outside rooms.
The faster we close everything and let things stabilize, the faster we can reopen our doors and financially start to recover.
Ikaika Anderson Kym Pine
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Councilmember Kym Pine
Honolulu City Council, District One
530 South King Street
Honolulu, Hawaii 96813