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Reina Rodriguez disinfects the floor of a bathroom while cleaning a room at the Hilton Garden Inn in downtown Colorado Springs, Colo., on March 11, 2020. House keepers at the hotel are focusing on the high-touch areas in rooms and are required to wash their hands and change gloves after cleaning each room in response to COVID-19. Daniel Valdez, general manager, stresses the importance of not panicking but being smart. " We are practicing what the local and federal health authorities are telling us to do," said Valdez. (Chancey Bush/ The Gazette)

The Embassy Suites by Hilton hotel in northern Colorado Springs became the latest local hotel to file a layoff notice with the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment.

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Spire Hospitality, which operates the hotel at 7290 Commerce Center Drive and another in the Denver Tech Center, notified the department Friday it had converted a temporary layoff of 57 employees in Colorado Springs and 56 in Denver  to permanent layoffs "due to economic conditions created by COVID-19 pandemic." The Irving, Texas-based company said it is restaffing its hotels and its "recovery is not progressing as initially anticipated."

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The layoff notice is the fifth involving a Colorado Springs hotel, which combined have either temporarily or permanently laid off nearly 2,200 employees.

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