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Hospitality adjusts amid COVID-19

Lacey Schofield acknowledged that the effects of COVID-19 “have been rough” on business but the good news is things are looking up.

Schofield is general manager of Best Western Angus Inn, 2920 10th.

“We have lost a lot of business,” Schofield said. “Some examples involved guests that would have attended the Great Bend Farm & Ranch Show, multiple ball tournaments, weddings, class and family reunions, and several corporate conventions.

“However,” she added, “on the upside, almost all have rescheduled for next year. So, we do have many things to look forward to.”

In mid-August, Schofield noted that Sunday-through-Thursday business “has greatly improved over the last few weeks. On these days, we rely heavily on our truck drivers and work crews. We are fortunate this business has returned, for the most part.”

Nevertheless, weekend business has not yet recovered. Many events that would draw large crowds were canceled.

Since the start of the pandemic earlier this year, prospective guests have been asking questions about the Angus Inn’s cleaning procedures, especially people from areas where the virus is more prevalent. When these calls come in, Schofield and her staff offer reassurance about their enhanced protocols.

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