By Jim Butler and the Global Hospitality Group® Hotel Lawyers | Authors of www.HotelLawBlog.com 21 November 2011
ADA Defense Lawyers. Is your pool, spa and fitness facility compliant with the ADA 2010 Regulations? If you think your property is grandfathered, then you are wrong! There is no grandfathering.
As we mentioned in our recent posted article "Updating Service Animal Policies of Your Hotel," the Department of Justice published revised final regulations implementing the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) for title III (public accommodations and commercial facilities) on September 15, 2010 (the "2010 Regulations").
Based on the 2010 Regulations, all "Public Accommodations," including "Places of Lodging" (hotels, resorts, most timeshares, restaurants, etc.) must bring certain elements of the facilities described below into compliance with the 2010 ADA Standards as of March 15, 2012.
- No one is exempt.
- There is no safe harbor.
- The ADA's "readily achievable" standard will apply.
If you are not already working on bringing your property into compliance, then you should call us to assist you with the creation of a compliance policy.