July 7, 2020
The San Francisco Board of Supervisors is set to vote into law what CRE industry leaders say is a redundant and dangerous piece of legislation that will cost hotels and commercial buildings tens of millions of dollars while at the same time exempting those same buildings in which they pass such legislation. The so-called “Healthy Buildings” ordinance is slated to be voted on by the full San Francisco Board of Supervisors today (July 7), during their regular session. (The Board passed the ordinance.)
The Hotel Council of San Francisco’s Kevin Carroll says, “The ordinance imposes significant financial burdens to implement, puts our employees at greater health risks by demanding they enter rooms more frequently and further delays hotels’ ability to reopen for tourism. No industry is more capable of implementing health, hygiene and safety protocols than the hospitality industry.”
The ordinance is being pushed by organized labor and will mandate additional hiring during a time when all such employees are already out of work due to the COVID-forced economic shutdown. Hotels in San Francisco are not slated to reopen to tourism until mid-August and many office buildings in downtown San Francisco are at less than 10% occupancy, notes the Council.
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