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Douglas, AZ and the effects of social distancing due to COVID-19

Posted at 10:28 PM, Apr 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-04 01:28:05-04

DOUGLAS, Ariz. — "It's quiet, it's kind of eerie in a way because we're so used to always hearing people talking and the door opening and moving and right now it's just quiet."

Anel Lopez bought the Gadsden Hotel three years ago, she said business was good, she even had to hire on more staff.

Today, it's lobby is quiet and the restaurant and bar on site, closed.

"Well K operate 22 rooms out of the 130 that we have just because we're in different phases of our renovation."

Renovation, that saw the restaurant and bar bustling with customers.

Now, Lopez said, they're still operating, albeit minimally, just as a hotel

"We decided just to keep the hotel operations running but we're right now permitting essential business travelers."

The same can be said for the town itself, like most communities, void of the usual traffic.

Douglas Mayor Robert Uribe couldn't be reached for comment but he's posted updates on his social media accounts.

Back at The Gadsden, Lopez said while she's had to let go of 24 out of her 32 employees, she's hoping to open up again and bring those jobs back.

"That is our goal, our is to hire every single one of those staff members."