I spend a great deal of time in London and usually at the same hotel. It is a small, boutique hotel part of a chain of five. Numerous people on this board have stayed there. (Resident Kensington formerly known as the Nadler Kensington.)
I was supposed to stay there on a trip next month that I had to cancel. I got word today that the entire chain has shut down until at least April 30 and perhaps into late June.
This hits home. I know everyone who works there. I know their names, where they are from, and a little about them. Some have been there for years (housekeepers). Most are from other parts of Europe and are trying to earn a living. I feel bad because this has go to be devistating to them financially.
As soon as it is safe to go back, I will. I may stay longer at the hotel just to do my part in getting them back on their feet.
This is important for those of us who love to travel. When it is safe, continue your travels. Every hotel, restaurant, shop will need your business.