A recent outbreak of Legionnaires’ Disease has been traced to a Sheraton hotel in Atlanta, Georgia. According to the Georgia Department of Public Health, 11 cases are confirmed and 55 more cases are “probable.” The Atlanta Sheraton closed on July 15 to investigate the outbreak. The closure is certain to result in a substantial immediate loss of revenue for the property. The closure and loss of advanced reservations also will likely result in an extended interruption of hotel revenue. Add to that potential stigma-related losses that will result from those afraid to reenter the property after the hotel reopens. Sheraton will likely turn to its insurers to seek payment for its business interruption costs.
Reprinted courtesy of Lawrence J. Bracken II, Hunton Andrews Kurth, Michael S. Levine, Hunton Andrews Kurth and Alexander D. Russo, Hunton Andrews Kurth
Mr. Bracken may be contacted at lbracken@HuntonAK.com
Mr. Levine may be contacted at mlevine@HuntonAK.com