The month of September was a busy one for the city of Flagstaff, leaving hotels in the area sold out. 

Drury Inn and Suites is one of many hotels experiencing high guest rates and business recently. Abby Maron, guest service agent, explained there is a lot more business and visitors coming through Flagstaff now that national parks are starting to open again, like the Grand Canyon.

Maron also mentioned there are many  parents and families visiting college students which plays a big role in the booking of hotels. With all of these visitors coming in, it is vital that health and safety precautions are taken to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

In addition to plexiglass separating guests from employees at the front desk and hand sanitizer readily available everywhere, Maron stated, the breakfast and lunch buffet are no longer self-serve. Cleaning services wait 24 hours after guests check out to clean a room and use additional cleaning solutions and disinfectants. 

The Little America Hotel is booming with business and according to its website, is doing everything possible when it comes to safety. The website has an entire section dedicated to health and safety and lists all of the precautions being taken. Some of these precautions include guests wearing face coverings and social distancing, as well as not entering the facility if they have experienced COVID-19 symptoms two weeks prior. 

Employees are also required to wear face coverings, gloves and screened for symptoms before every shift. 

With the recent rush of business for hotels in Flagstaff, the availability of hotels in the area appears to be slowing down going into October as most hotels have open rooms and can be booked the same day by visiting its website. 

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