Virus roundup …

    • The Louisiana Department of Health reported 1,150 new COVID-19 cases and 17 new deaths from the virus today. 

    • Major hotel operators such as Marriott International Inc., Hilton Worldwide Holdings Inc. and Hyatt Hotels Corp. are dipping their toes into the personal-office business as people grow bored of working in isolation at home. Some hotels are promoting day passes at reduced rates while others offer longer-term packages for seven days or more that waive resort fees or include a complimentary second room for guests’ children, The Wall Street Journal reports.

    • The cruise industry has jettisoned hopes of restarting operations this year. Days after both Carnival and Norwegian extended a halt on cruises through the end of the year, the group that represents cruise lines with 95% of global ocean-going capacity said Tuesday that its members have agreed to extend the suspension of U.S. sailing operations for the rest of 2020.

    Read more stories on how the coronavirus is impacting the Baton Rouge business community. See a roundup of resources available to those impacted by the pandemic. Click here to see a 225 magazine list of local restaurants offering patio seating or indoor dining during phase three of reopening.