THOMASVILLE, Ga. (WTXL) — Shop doors in Thomasville's thriving downtown are now closed as a shelter in place order signed by Governor Brian Kemp takes effect.
"We used to have a lot of people pick up things to make drapery and all," said Tracy McDermand.
Tracy McDermand owns Trolleys in Thomasville and said with the spread of COVID-19 she thought her business would take a hit.
"They're having to work to adapt their business model and how they go forward," said Bonnie Hayes, Thomasville's tourism manager.
McDermond is now selling masks for essential workers.
"The hospital will bring you out a packet with all of the supplies," said McDermand. "You take it out, and sow it, and bring it back, and you get 20 more."
She's also teaching others how to make masks for personal use.
"I have three seamstresses in the back, and for the hospital we start at, first we came up with a tutorial to make these masks that the hospital is using. It's with the rubber band and the hospital fabric," McDermand said. "If you know anything about Thomasville, it is a community that really comes together."
Hotels are also figuring out how to give back to the people who need those rooms the most.
"In talking with hotel owners, they are trying to welcome in the business travelers, especially the ones that are essential and still on the job," Hayes explained.
Mcdermand says she's especially looking to equip people on the front lines, like law enforcement.
The shelter in place begins at 6 p.m. on Friday and lasts until April 13.