An abundance of room and event cancellations has prompted the Holiday Inn Rochester Downtown to shutter operations until May 1.
General Manager Paul Kremp said in a news release that there had already been thousands of dollars in room and event cancellations in March and April at the 217-room hotel.
The majority of staff members have been laid off.
“This is the most difficult decision I have made in my career, particularly because of the impact it will have on our employees and their families,” Kremp said in the news release. “We have built a wonderful team of employees who love to take care of our guests, which made this decision even more difficult. The safety and health of our guests and employees are our number one concern and we look forward to getting back to some semblance of normal in the near future.”
Kremp said the hotel is booking rooms for May 1 and beyond.
There are no guests currently staying at the hotel and he said he knows of no cases of coronavirus involving staff or guests. The hotel had adopted enhanced cleaning and sanitation precautions in recent weeks.
Kremp also will make the hotel available as an emergency medical facility, if the need arises. Earlier this week Dr. Michael Mendoza, commissioner of public health for Monroe County, said the use of hotels or university dormitories as temporary medical or quarantine facilities could be necessary if COVID-19 cases overwhelm hospitals.
As of 4 p.m. Sunday, there were 68 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Monroe County, with 11 requiring hospitalization. The number of confirmed cases has nearly doubled in 48 hours, from 36 on late Friday afternoon.
The number of hospitalized patients remains at 11 but the county is now also saying how many of the hospitalizations are in the intensive care unit (six of the 11). The health department also has placed 289 people in mandatory quarantine or isolation.