January 20, 2021

COVID-19 has disrupted many industries since landing on Canadian soil in early 2020, including our local accommodations sector.

Hotels in Oakville have been suffering from the loss of tourism, and it appears that recovery will be slow when it does start.

According to a Destination Canada report, it is estimated that tourism revenues might not return to pre-COVID levels until 2024 at the earliest should the Canada/United States border open by January 2021.

Despite all this, many local hotels are keeping their doors open to help residents in need. Keep reading to learn how you can safely support these local institutions now and throughout recovery.

Supporting hotels under lockdown:

Under Ontario’s provincewide shutdown framework, all nine of Oakville’s operational hotels have temporarily closed their indoor recreational facilities, and have instituted strict sanitization and screening procedures to ensure the safety of their staff and those seeking safe lodging.

While it is understandable that local hotels won’t see the return of leisure stays until it is safe for everyone to travel again, they have adapted their services to assist those in need.

Frontline workers who need to isolate from loved ones or residents who have to quarantine following essential travel can find a safe and comfortable room at one of Oakville’s operational locations.

Supporting hotels in recovery:

As our province and the world begins to reopen, try exploring local instead of taking the first plane out of town.

Every operational hotel in Oakville will continue to implement specific cleaning and screening programs to ensure safety throughout recovery, including measures like contactless check in and check out, thorough and frequent sanitization of rooms and surfaces and required face-coverings for all in public areas.

Here are a few ways you can help support local hotels once we begin to reopen:

A safe workplace: Once restrictions begin to ease, keep hotels top of mind as a safe and quiet work from home space or the perfect meeting space for a small group of employees.

Regional travel: Try getting out of your house and taking a staycation once it is safe to do so! Book a night or two at a local hotel and give yourself a break from your extended time at home.

Friends and family: Once it is declared safe to travel more extensively, invite your friends and family to discover the beauty of your own town. Book them into an Oakville hotel and help give back to the local economy.

Event space: Once we can all gather safely again, bring your events and celebrations to a local hotel! Whether you’re hosting a wedding reception, baby shower, seminar or graduation party, Oakville’s hotels are equipped to help you make the most of your special day.

Please remember to follow regional, provincial and federal regulations when exploring Oakville and planning your future stays. We cannot wait to welcome you back when it is safe to do so.

Follow the link to learn more about current cleaning and screening procedures in local hotels.