Arizona hotels and resorts closed for coronavirus; RLG corporate attorney Shruti Gurudanti says owners and operators must ‘take urgent steps.’

By Melissa Yeager | The Republic

The luxury Enchantment Resort and Mii amo spa in Sedona will close temporarily this week as part of the effort to help contain the new coronavirus. 

The resort will have final check-ins Wednesday evening and guests must leave by Thursday.

“While this decision goes against all of our natural instincts — to bring people together and share our passion for everything our resort has to offer — we feel that we have a responsibility to do everything we can to stem the spread of the virus, and ensure the health and well being of our team members, guests and broader community,” the resort wrote in a emailed press release. 

Enchantment hopes to reopen on April 15 but says it “will continue to assess the situation daily.”

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“With hotels shutting down amid the COVID-19 outbreak, it is critical that hotel owners and operators closely examine their hotel management agreement or franchise agreements and fully understand where they stand on their performance test, what’s the scope of the Force Majeure carve outs, whether or not a performance test failure can be avoided due to the effects of this global pandemic. If there are construction milestones, can these be extended? This is just the tip of the iceberg when is comes to issues to consider. Owners and operators will need to take urgent steps to reduce their operating expenses but, the legal ramifications need to be considered quickly.” ~ Shruti Gurudanti, Corporate Attorney at Rose Law Group

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