Our resort employs nearly three-thousand. There's almost that many guests rooms too. We'd catered to tens of thousand of convention attendees and tourists back in February.
Around 1 March, convention groups (LARGE groups) began cancelling left and right. ALSO around that time, our city and other local counties got pummeled by a midnight tornado.
THEN, due to COVID-19, our business rapidly nosedived … to the stark fact that our place was just a ghost town this past week.
Vast EMPTINESS…where the place is normally TEAMING with people at every turn.
Subsequently, several thousand were layed off or furloughed. It all happened VERY quickly. Initial hits were in culinary, conference setup, banqueting, stewarding, housekeeping and other departments.
I knew engineering (and security) would be the last holdout, but I woke up this morning THINKING that today would be the day.
I was working on an Electrolux Speedelight piece of fu…uh –FINE Italian technology in the shop when several managers marched in with urgency. They made their announcement to pre-empt the poor performance they said our HR was doing. They took our keys, while telling us that HR will be sending us a package delineating our options. We went home several hours early, but told we'd get our eight hours today.
Today was my Friday, which would normally lead me into my weekend. NOW I'm home for a projected 8 weeks minimum.
I've never been layed off before, so this is still sinking in.
I guess I no longer have any excuses for not getting my household chores done or my 1.5 acre yard back into some kind of order.