Among the predictability of all the COVID guidance and restrictions, there was a smattering of unforeseen events in 2020. If someone on the 13th of March 2020, (when we went into full lockdown), had given me a snapshot of what the remainder of the year would have looked like for Summit County, I would have thought that they were crazy. Who would have foreseen that we would have a relatively successful summer for business? Indeed, the reality was very different from our normal way of life, but it does have to be said that the new normal that we encountered this summer was generally better than anticipated.
The fall did bring with it the much anticipated and predicted uptick in COVID cases and around Thanksgiving, the tough decision was made to impose some stringent restrictions on most types of business and in particular the restaurant industry, that was closed to all indoor dining. It was testament to the resilience of local business owners and also our loyal visitors that you could see people having meals outdoors, either in temporary yurts and tents, or simply alfresco - even with dropping temperatures!
Fortunately, the county as a whole came together and our cases are currently falling and as I type the decision is being finalized to move us from red to orange on the State COVID dial, which will allow two households in rental properties, 25% occupancy in restaurants and 50% occupancy in retail stores.
The clear beneficiary in 2020 as a whole, and I use that term carefully as it feels awkward in the current times of a pandemic, was the real estate industry. The graphic below for November 2020 tells the story for June (when lockdown restrictions were eased) through the end of the year.