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May 14, 2020

What we're reading: Two ways hotels can respond to the crisis

By City Monitor Staff

Pool time: The EU’s guidance for safe summer tourism and activity includes asking hotel guests to reserve time at pools and gyms, and retaining guests’ address records to aid contact tracing, The Guardian reports. European Commission Vice President Margrethe Vestager says the proposal is the best way to avoid a summer that’s “completely lost” for the tourism industry.

Finding room: Cities everywhere are trying to figure out vacant hotel rooms can be used to provide shelter to the homeless during the pandemic. Curbed reports that Los Angeles might be edging toward a new plan: Require hotels to lend rooms if they’ve used public money or lands to be built.

A lesson in leadership: Slovakia has done a lot right in response to the coronavirus, and its flattened curve reflects that. One thing that stands out in particular, The Atlantic writes, is how its leaders actively demonstrate best practices for public health, including wearing masks when they make public appearances.

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