Hotels in the Chapel Hill area have been taking it one day at a time since the emergence of COVID-19 last spring.
Recently, times have gotten a little tougher with UNC's decision to begin the 2020 season without fans in Kenan Stadium. UNC athletics announced Tuesday that seven percent of the stadium can be filled throughout October, but it will still be a far cry from the business the hospitality industry generally sees on game day.
During a typical season, hotels in the area are inundated with guests. This year, Don Strickland, the area general manager of Hampton Inn and Suites in Chapel Hill off Farrington Road, has been experiencing firsthand a different environment surrounding the town and his hotel this season.
“Football season was something that the staff and all of our hotels look forward to here in Chapel Hill,” Strickland said. “There is usually a lot of excitement in the area and a lot of people visiting. It is a good opportunity for our hotel to let people experience what Chapel Hill and Carrboro are really all about.”
With restrictions in place and coronavirus still spreading, many people are not able to experience the Chapel Hill area this fall as they have in the past, and will have to wait to experience the same game day atmosphere.