Last edited 12:21 p.m., June 4, 2020
Hotel Vandivort is reopening with safety precautions after the coronavirus pandemic forced its closure two months ago.
Officials with the hotel announced the reopening yesterday on Facebook, showing employees spaced out and wearing masks, with one holding the unofficial Springfield flag, a movement supported by the hospitality establishment's ownership.
"We've diligently prepared to reopen in the safest and most responsible way possible, closely following guidelines set by local government officials and the (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention," the post reads. "Things may have changed a bit as we all adjust to the new normal, but we continue to ensure that Hotel V is a safe, welcoming space for everyone to enjoy.”
Hotel Vandivort is reopening amid Phase II of the city's Road to Recovery plan. Occupancy limitations are among required measures through at least the fourth phase, which is scheduled to end July 23. City officials have said they would review potential further phases.
Hotel Vandivort, 305 E. Walnut St., temporarily closed its hotel on April 2, following the March 17 decision to put a hold on its restaurant and bar concepts, Vantage and The Order, according to the company's Facebook page.
The establishment and other Springfield hotels hit "rock bottom" in early April, the Springfield Convention & Visitors Bureau reported. During the week of April 5-11, hotel occupancy dropped to 21.2% in properties across the city compared with 88.1% in the same week of 2019. Cumulative room revenue fell 76.4% to $547,091, according to CVB data.
Hotel Vandivort's $9.75 million V2 expansion opened in September 2019 with 48 new rooms adjacent to the existing downtown lodging center.
Vantage is slated to reopen June 10, followed by The Order for dinner service on June 15, a company official said via Facebook Messenger.
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