Tens of thousands of people with money fled to Florida. Broadway shows are closed until at least September. The Metropolitan Opera has turned itself into a TV channel featuring 200-year-old shows. Museums require onerous Web-based procedures to reserve tickets. The State of Liberty is closed (sometimes the best way to celebrate “liberty” is to prevent people from going where they want to go).
Why is it that a hotel room in NYC this coming weekend is $300-600/night and about half of the hotels are sold out?
(In prep for our flight to the Florida Free State, we’re going to show Manhattan to the youngsters who’ve never been there. We did actually manage to book a hotel via Orbitz. The hotel sent us a message:
… Our In-house restaurant … is currently still closed but we can direct you to nearly place to eat.
During these unprecedented times we have had to modify our operations for the duration of your stay:
• We have increased the frequency of cleaning our public areas and have continued the use of approved disinfectant.
• We have increased the deployment of hand sanitizers.
• Extra disinfection of high touch areas in guest rooms including light switches and door handles, remotes
• Increased cleaning frequency of public areas hourly
• Reduced paper amenities (like pads and guest directories) in rooms
For your safety and comfort, we will not be servicing your room during your stay.
So… as long as coronavirus is primarily spread via contaminated surfaces, we will be safe!