Colorado business owners adapt to COVID realities, prepare for future
CBS News is chronicling what has changed for the lives of Americans in 2020 amid the coronavirus pandemic.
The COVID shutdown was a devastating way to start the year for many Colorado businesses reliant on tourism.
International travel was blocked, locals stayed home, and employees were difficult to maintain — especially when federal unemployment paid more than hourly wages for many.
But now, many business owners feel they’ve survived the worst and are looking forward to winter.
Dustin Dyer, co-owner of Kent Mountain Adventure Center (KMAC) in Estes Park, said business this spring and summer was better than he expected, despite COVID, though still down 30-40% compared to past years.
Dyer said one enduring effect of the pandemic has been difficulty hiring staff, which has put a strain on employees.
“We’re kind of working with this skeleton crew,” he said.
Dyer’s employees are responsible for customer …continued .
[Source: CBS News]