March 27, 2020
"Hotels could become temporary hospitals, housing and quarantine facilities.
Long-term letting: With short-term demand being compromised, there is an opportunity to provide longer-term rental solutions. This will be most viable for self-contained serviced apartments with basic cooking facilities.
- Self-isolation respite: Hotels are able to isolate rooms or floors and provide meals, cleaning and other services for people who have recently returned from overseas and can't live with extended family or who live in flats with multiple people, the elderly, people with compromised immune systems.
- Remote working: Hotels could look at offering "temporary individual offices" with secure IT platforms on a daily or weekly basis for people who can not work from home.
- Quarantine for people with Covid-19: Hotels are well placed to provide self-quarantine accommodation if hospitals simply can't cope with capacity.
- Essential services accommodation: Hotels could provide accommodation for essential services staff in the health, public and primary industry sectors.
- Home delivery services: With takeaway shops due to close from Wednesday, hotels could step in to provide pre-made meals for people who are unable to cook, including vulnerable people or health and emergency services staff. Laundry is another delivery service that hotels could look at providing.
- Shelter for those in need: A growing number of people may temporarily lose their jobs and possibly their primary place of residence in the coming months. Hotels could provide short-term solutions for these people."