CLOSE As coronavirus leaves many service workers without jobs, they are forced to struggle with the new reality of life in the COVID-19 pandemic. USA TODAYMany hotels across Southwest Florida have closed their doors to visitors.Blame the coronavirus.While hotels and resorts are considered essential businesses under the state’s safer-at-home order issued by Gov. Ron DeSantis last week, dozens have closed in the Naples area alone, with more expected to shutter over the coming weeks.’Will I have a job to come back to?’: COVID-19 takes its toll on Collier, Lee workforceMore: Coronavirus isn’t all bad for businesses in Southwest FloridaSome hoteliers in the region have interpreted the governor’s executive order to mean they can’t or shouldn’t take any new reservations, while others have shut down because business has been so slow — due to coronavirus-related travel restrictions and safety concerns — that it no longer makes economic sense to keep the doors open.Still others are following stronger local orders that restrict visitation in such tourism hot spots as Fort Myers Beach and Sanibel.Jack Wert, Collier County’s tourism director, has tried to stay on top of the closures in his backyard, stretching from Naples to Marco Island and the Everglades. By Wednesday, his count had grown to 24, with another eight


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