THOMASVILLE — While many local businesses were forced to close because of the deadly novel coronavirus, others deemed essential businesses remain open to provide services during the crisis.

Some workers return home with fears of unknowingly passing the virus along to family members, particularly the elderly and those with compromised immune systems.

Jeremy Emmett, Hampton Inn chief operating officer and owner, is providing lodging for front-line workers, first responders and employees of other businesses allowed to remain open during the crisis.

2020欧冠名单Emmett said it came to his attention that some essential business workers were sleeping on mattresses in garages or staying in sheds or campers to prevent contact with family members.

“Some were making alternate arrangements for where their families lived,” Emmett said. “This is a stressful time. People can’t relax. This is a place where they can get actual rest.”

Emmett is contacting local businesses deemed essential during the virus situation to let them know Hampton Inn has safe, at-cost accommodations for their employees.

“We feel employees of these businesses might feel more comfortable isolating themselves from their loved ones at home while still earning a living for their families,” he said.

The hotel is adhering to all CDC-recommended protocols regarding social distancing and using hospital-grade disinfectant cleaners throughout the hotel.

Prepackaged, to-go breakfasts will be available.

Emmett is working with local restaurants to have meals delivered to guests’ rooms.

Sponsorships of rooms are available.

Those interested in donating or individuals in need of the service can reach Emmett at (229) 224-2158 or by emailing him at

Emmett and his lodging effort are part of THOCO United, a Thomasville-Thomas County Chamber of Commerce-affiliated group of Thomas County businesses joining forces to help the community during the virus crisis.