Dothan hotel closed due to COVID

Published: Jul. 22, 2021 at 12:30 PM CDT
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DOTHAN, Ala. (WTVY) - A Dothan hotel is shutting it’s doors due to COVID-19.

Country Inn and Suites is shutting down for at least 10 days due to the number of employees they have with COVID-19. Signs on the doors of the hotel confirm they will be closing for 10 days.

Jazi Franklin and her family are a few of the people that were staying at the Country Inn & Suites, but were told they would have to check out.

Franklin said they have been staying at the inn since Tuesday, but were not notified until last night that there was a COVID-19 outbreak. She said the hotel was restricting who could enter. They would not let new guests in and they would not let current guests leave until noon on Thursday.

Franklin said they booked their room until Friday and they did receive a full refund and were able to gather their belongings. But, she said they did not receive any recommendations on where to go.

As for now, Franklin and her family, which include two children, are being tested for the virus, but due to a local clinic seeing a higher volume in testing their results are delayed for a rapid test.

Franklin said she wishes the situation would have been handled differently.

“I never in a million years would have thought I would have fell in this place of being exposed to this stuff unknowingly and they didn’t even say it, they made our reservations, let us check in, paid the money, and never said one thing about this being in their hotel two weeks ago,” Franklin said.

News 4 did reach out to Country Inn & Suites and they said they did not want to make a comment.

News 4 will continue to update this story as it develops.

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