July 21, 2020
The Hotel Council of San Francisco, the California Hotel and Lodging Association and the American Hotel & Lodging Association filed a lawsuit on Monday seeking to overturn the County of San Francisco’s so-called “Healthy Buildings” ordinance. They say it endangers hotel employees and guests and causes significant economic hardships by forcing many hotels to remain closed and permanently lay off thousands of workers.
The groups say the ordinance, approved on July 7 by the San Francisco Board of Supervisors and signed on July 17 by Mayor Breed, puts hotel employees at greater risk of exposure to COVID-19, will delay those workers’ return to work and adds costly and unnecessary cleaning requirements to a single industry while exempting all public buildings such as BART stations, jails, and even the supervisors’ own offices.
Hotel Council of San Francisco’s Kevin Carroll says, “This harmful ordinance left us no option but to defend the safety and well-being of our 25,000 San Francisco employees and our valued hotel guests.”
The lawsuit asks the Superior Court/County of San Francisco to declare the ordinance unlawful and unenforceable.
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