Oxford Hotels & Resorts, LLC Partners With the City of Chicago to Provide Sanctuary During COVID-19

WHY IT RATES: Oxford Hotels & Resorts, LLC responds to the outbreak of the novel coronavirus by offering over 1,000 rooms to support medical professionals working amid the pandemic. – Mackenzie Cullen, Editorial Associate

Oxford Hotels & Resorts, LLC, an Oxford Capital Group, LLC affiliate, is supplying the City of Chicago with up to 1,100 rooms at some of its hotel properties throughout Chicagoland to support efforts against the spread of coronavirus. In addition to housing asymptomatic guests and those requiring isolation, the rooms will also provide sanctuary for first responders who are involved in the war against COVID-19.

“As COVID-19 continues to spread throughout our community, we wanted to do our part to provide a sanctuary for those who need it during this difficult time,” says John W. Rutledge, founder, president, and CEO of Oxford Capital Group, LLC and Oxford Hotels & Resorts, LLC. “We’re proud to help the city combat this crisis and allow our brave medical professionals to focus on their most critical patients in their hospitals.”

The hotels will also provide three meals a day. As hotels have been deemed essential businesses to house travelers, including medical personnel, Oxford maintains strict protocols across the country around sanitation procedures that help combat the spread of viruses between guests and employees. This includes frequent sanitation of high-contact points, such as elevator buttons, door handles, reception counters, and bathrooms.

“Chicago is the first city to adopt this hotel plan, and we are gratified to be able to assist the city during this difficult time,” says George Jordan, President, Oxford Hotels & Resorts, LLC. “In addition to helping the city, this arrangement allows Oxford to retain a number of its employees who are interested in contributing to the relief effort. It’s inspiring to see our hospitality teams come together, even when they’ve had to weather the storm themselves.”

In building this partnership, Oxford Capital Group, LLC worked with Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s office, organized labor including UNITE-HERE Local 1 and the Operating Engineers Local 399, and other parties, to bring an end to an 18-month strike at Hotel 166. As part of this resolution, Oxford helped craft an amended collective bargaining agreement and is simultaneously taking over management of Hotel 166, demonstrating that business, labor, and the private equity investment community can productively work together in Chicago.

In addition to Hotel 166, the partnership includes Hotel Cass, Hotel Essex, Hotel Felix, and Hotel Julian. Oxford’s hotels LondonHouse Chicago, The Godfrey Hotel Chicago, and Hotel Versey are not currently part of the agreement.

Oxford’s partners in this initiative include Fillmore Capital Partners at Hotel 166, and The Bricton Group and The Gettys Group at Hotel Felix and Hotel Cass.

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Top Las Vegas Hotels, Casinos Announce Temporary Closures

Las Vegas is known as one of the biggest tourist hotspots in the United States, but many of the top hotels and casinos in the city are shutting down temporarily as a result of the coronavirus outbreak.

a group of people in a pool of water: The Mirage, Las Vegas, Nevada.

According to the Reno Gazette-Journal, officials from both MGM Resorts and Wynn Resorts announced Sunday they would temporarily close their properties in Las Vegas starting Tuesday until further notice.

MGM Resorts revealed that all casinos would be closed on Monday and hotel operations will shutter Tuesday. The hotel giant owns the Bellagio, CityCenter, Excalibur, Luxor, Mandalay Bay, MGM Grand, The Mirage, New York-New York, Park MGM and T-Mobile Arena.

MGM Resorts will not be taking reservations for arrivals before May 1. Chairman and CEO Jim Murren released a statement about the closures:

“Despite our commitment to dedicating additional resources for cleaning and promoting good health, while making difficult decisions to close certain aspects of our operations, it is now apparent that this is a public health crisis that requires major collective action if we are to slow its progression.”

“Accordingly, we will close all of our Las Vegas properties as of Tuesday, March 17th, for the good of our employees, guests and communities. This is a time of uncertainty across our country and the globe and we must all do our part to curtail the spread of this virus. We will plan to reopen our resorts as soon as it safe to do so and we will continue to support our employees, guests, and communities in every way that we can during this period of closure.”

Murren also said MGM Resorts would pay full-time employees being laid off or furloughed for two weeks from their last date of work and all health plans will continue through June 30.

For Wynn Resorts, the temporary closure of its properties would be effective Tuesday at 6 p.m. local time and is expected to remain closed for two weeks, at which point officials would reevaluate. The company said it would pay full-time Wynn and Encore employees during the shutdown.

On Sunday, the Las Vegas Sands Corporation announced its properties would remain open.

The hotel industry took another blow Monday, as the Walt Disney Company announced it would temporarily shut down all Disney stores and hotels on Tuesday, including the locations at Disney Springs in Orlando and Downtown Disney in Anaheim.

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