DALEVILLE Ala. (WDHN) — Daleville, like most small cities and towns, around the nation have been forced to endure the impact of the COVID-19 shutdown.
Mayor Jayme Stayton said a lot of businesses took a toll and are now trying to bounce back.
“The restaurants that were shutdown reopened and the businesses that were closed completely reopened and trying to bounce back from it,” Stayton said. “Some places were able to stay open during and they could survive a little bit and then some places wasn’t. So we were hit pretty hard closing the state down.”
Stayton said, during the shutdown Fort Rucker wouldn’t allow soldiers to go and eat at restaurants off base, which really had an effect on Daleville.
“Most of our soldiers and civil service folks were working from home,” Stayton said. “So they didn’t get out and about.”
Stayton said Daleville is called “Lunch City” because the main road that cuts through the city and leads to Ft. Rucker’s gate, is filled with restaurants.
The number of restaurants isn’t lending much help to lunch city though, the main problem is that soldiers aren’t allowed to sit inside restaurants.
That means less money being spent on things like drinks, appetizers, and tips. Despite this, the mayor thinks the city is heading in the right direction.
“We’re bouncing back now, as long as we stay at 50 percent or better, you know we’ll continue to do good,” Stayton said.
Stayton said they still have traffic from highway 84, but it is nowhere near what it was before COVID