White House Responds to Lodging Industry’s Appeals

The White House today issued a 60-day extension that will push the compliance date for the pool lift requirement under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) to May 15, 2012.

DOJ will also publish a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking with a 15-day comment period on a possible six-month extension in order to allow additional time to address misunderstandings regarding compliance with these ADA requirements.

This major shift in response is a direct result of work by the American Hotel & Lodging Association, dedicated hoteliers that repeatedly contacted members of Congress seeking redress, and the industry’s collective strength displayed during AH&LA’s 2012 Legislative Action Summit. Thank you to all of our members - this delay would not have occurred without the lodging industry’s impressive grass roots response.

AH&LA engaged in an extensive media campaign, with national coverage expected tomorrow during CNN's The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer. For additional coverage, click here.

While AH&LA has sought a common-sense solution to the pool lift issue, it must be stressed that the lodging industry is extremely supportive of the numerous other provisions of the ADA that take effect today. AH&LA has extensive ADA resources for hotelier, including AH&LA’s new 2012 ADA Guide, available here (Member Login Required).

Next Steps for Hoteliers:

AH&LA will follow up with the extraordinary number of Congressional offices that have reached out on behalf of the lodging industry, as well as the White House.

Hoteliers should proceed forward in complying with the pool lift requirement under the ADA, albeit with a more realistic implementation schedule. Properties featuring pools and spas will still need a means of entry, and AH&LA will meet with the White House next week to discuss the original interpretation of the 2010 ADA Standards.

Click here for previous coverage of the ADA Pool Lift issue.

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