SISTER Wives star Meri Brown has found it challenging to run her beloved Utah bed and breakfast during the coronavirus pandemic.
The 49-year-old reality television star, who launched Lizzie’s Heritage Inn in 2017, had to close it in May.
However, the closure it temporary, as she revealed the news on her Instagram.
Kody Brown’s first wife shared a photo of her at Lizzie’s Heritage Inn, which she captioned “Over the past weeks and months during the current pandemic, I’ve kept a close eye on Utah guidelines for travel recommendations and possible restrictions for closures in the hospitality industry.
“At this time as things seem to be loosening up a bit, I’ve been putting some deep thought into how to move forward with the B&B. In the interest and safety of my staff, in particular my sweet mom who so graciously and lovingly welcomes all our guests on a daily basis, as well as the local southern Utah community, we will not be accepting any bookings until further notice. We are also not conducting ANY tours at this time.”
Meri continued that it is “her part” to “limit the potential spread of COVID-19.”
She concluded: “I can’t, in good conscience, continue to keep the inn open at this time. As a small, family-run inn, I appreciate all your continued kindness and support. Thank you for your patience during these unprecedented times.
“The inn and staff miss the guests that keep our home so lively and we look forward to when we can all commune safely together again.”
Meri then explained in the comments section that the inn has been open for essential travelers only, and that she’s noticed “people are not taking precautions when traveling.”
She added: “So now that travel is starting to happen more, I am choosing to protect my family and staff.”
Meri opened Lizzie’s Heritage Inn in 2017.
The bed and breakfast was named after Meri’s grandmother Lizzie, who lived in the historic home.
Meri’s mother helps run the bed and breakfast, as Meri now lives in Arizona with Kody, with whom she shares a daughter, and the other three sister wives.
The inn appears profitable, as Lizzie’s Heritage Inn was named Best County Inn in Utah for two years in a row and has five stars on TripAdvisor.
Meri has funded the Inn herself after Kody refused to invest in it.
On last season of Sister Wives, Meri asked the family for a $40,000 loan for the b&b, while she agreed to pay the remaining $40,000 for the down payment.
Second wife Janelle, 50, third wife Christine, 48, and fourth wife Robyn, 41, were supportive of the idea, however, Kody, 51, expressed reservations saying bed and breakfasts are “not big moneymakers.”
He asked: “Because we’re going to be investors in that business, we’re going to be the board of directors on it and we get to tell you how to run it?”
Meri shot back: “No, not at all.”
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She added in her confessional: “This is my baby. They don’t care about the house or the bed and breakfast business. I want to run my own business my way.”
Kody then informed her that he did not have the $40,000 to lend her.
Meri was able to earn the money on her own through her clothing business LuLaRoe.
Kody and Meri have a daughter named Mariah, and they were legally married from 1990 to 2014 until they divorced so he could legally marry fourth wife Robyn.