Lucy

Richard Helfant, CEO and executive director of the Save Lucy Committee, tours the furnished belly of Lucy the Elephant last month. Prior to COVID-19, Lucy was intended to be opened up as an Airbnb for three days this week.

MARGATE — It looks like Lucy the Elephant won’t be adding Airbnb host to her resume … yet.

The landmark announced last month it would turn into an Airbnb for three nights — March 17, 18 and 19 — for up to two guests per night. Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the three nightly stays have been postponed.

New dates have not been set, said Richard Helfant, CEO and executive director of the Save Lucy Committee.

The guests were to be treated to a complimentary breakfast and dinner at local restaurants, a tour to learn the history of Lucy and a gift bag with Lucy and Atlantic City merchandise.

But that’s all on hold after Gov. Phil Murphy ordered all bars and restaurants to close for eat-in dining and offer take-out and delivery only as of 8 p.m. Monday.

Liz DeBold Fusco, a spokeswoman for Airbnb, said the decision was made Sunday to postpone the stays.

“We certainly don’t want them coming to Atlantic City and not being able to enjoy all the things in Atlantic City,” Helfant said.

He said Lucy’s guests who booked the stays were notified by Airbnb, told the stays have been postponed and were “gracious and relieved.”

He added that even though the stays have been postponed, Airbnb is still making its donation to the elephant.

Helfant said Lucy will be closed for tours the rest of March (it’s normally open on weekends), and will resume operations on April 1.

“This may however change as conditions warrant,” he said. “Everyone has been so cooperative and supportive, but (postponing the stays) was the smartest thing to do all around.”

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