- No TV (unless requested, but see below for more on this)
- No Internet unless it's a married couple
- No viewing of the swimming areas from the rooms
- Tznius dress for hotel staff
- Separate bars for men and women
- Separate beds in the rooms (or an additional bed to be added)
As you can expect, the article generated a few responses. Among them are:
And the Talibanization of Israel begins. Personal responsibility is no longer an option: The hotels must make those weighty choices for its guests.
in the words of the great Bob Grant "they are sick and getting sicker"
Most of the comments are about the regualtions and how silly some of them are.
I agree that a lot of the rules are silly (what's the difference if a person is married and want to access the Internet?), but that's not really the point. Truth be told, I'm not terribly troubled by this.
I think that this was simply a business decision made by the owners of the hotels to attract a different sort of clientelle. They want to attract more chareidim to their establishments and are willing to give up the guests (and their money) who would not stay in a resort such as that. If they guessed correctly, then they will thrive, or else they will have to abandon/modify their policies or go out of business.
As long as the policies are clear to a person making a reservation, and as long as there are alternatives for those that want them, I don't really see why this is a big issue -- it's a business decision -- no more, no less.
As an aside, I found the following rule particularly laughable:
"The television equipment will be disconnected, at the very least by removing the cable and closing it away in storage, as well as disconnecting the central control in reception, such that no one can turn it on. The television itself will be covered or closed in a closet. A guest who does not observe the Torah and mitzvot, or someone who claims he has a television at home and his looks prove this, will be directed to a rabbi who will authorize that he be connected to the television."
I'm curious -- how can you prove someone has a TV in their home just by looking at them?