'Renovation Island': How did Covid-19 affect the Baeumlers and their resort?
The deadly Covid-19 pandemic turned the world upside down. From forcing people to practice social distancing and quarantining to adversely affecting the economy, the virus managed to wreak havoc all across the globe.
Many businesses had to shut down due to the deadly virus, and Bryan and Sarah Baeumler's Caerula Marc Club was no exception. The HGTV hosts invested all their money into purchasing and renovating an old, rundown hotel in the Bahamas into a luxury tourist hotspot. But just as they were ready for the grand opening of the resort, the pandemic took over the world. This meant that there was a heavy restriction on international travel. The hospitality and tourism sector took one of the biggest hits and the Baeumlers felt it first hand, as documented on season 2 of 'Renovation Island'.
What did the Baeumlers do during the pandemic?
It goes without saying that the pandemic turned out to be a financial nightmare for Bryan and Sarah Baeumler. The couple's heavy investment wasn't yielding the returns they expected, but they were so emotionally invested in the property that they refused to sell it off and move on with their life. The Baeumler family luckily was well prepared for handling the pandemic, in terms of food and living situation.
Since they were staying in their resort, the family of seven didn't have to worry about where they would be living while quarantining. They also ordered a lot of food and provisions for their guests anticipating a fully-booked resort for the next few months. So, there was no dearth of food either. But unfortunately, since there was no income coming in, the couple had to make the tough decision of letting go off some of their resort staff in order to keep the operational costs low.
But the Baeumlers continued to care for their staff by handing out the food and provisions regularly to the islanders. They ensured that none of the food from their stock went to waste owing to expiry date, and distributed the food to all the islanders. Aside from that, with the few staff members they retained, the couple continued to do some small renovation work around the resort. Like putting wallpapers on the wall, painting the hardware, making the lounge area more cozy, etc.
Despite all the stress and uncertainty hovering over their heads, the Baeumlers continued to stay optimistic about their resort opening up, and things getting better for them and the staff.
'Renovation Island' Season 2 airs every Sunday at 8/7c only on HGTV.