She had called down to the gate house, politely suggesting that Jose close the gates, just for now, and deny admittance to anyone without a Bloom Hill Homeowner’s Association card. It was just a suggestion; though as Chairperson of the Association Mrs. Reed’s suggestions carry a great deal of weight.
Jose closed the gate, but apparently after that he left his post. There would need to be something done about that once this all blew over. After all, he may have family, but the Association is generously paying him several dollars more than minimum wage per hour to protect it.