Hamilton Princess and Grotto Bay to shut
The Hamilton Princess and the Grotto Bay hotels will shut their doors until the coronavirus crisis has ended.
JP Martens, general manager at the Grotto Bay Resort, said yesterday that the Hamilton Parish hotel would close at 5pm today.
Mr Martens added: “This will be in line with the last of our guests departing.
“Closure includes our restaurants, bar, spa, tennis, watersports and dive shop as well as cycle livery.”
A spokeswoman for the Hamilton Princess said: “The global pandemic of Covid-19 has had an unprecedented impact on the travel industry and on local businesses in Bermuda.
“We have reviewed the Government’s decision on Wednesday to close the LF Wade Airport to all commercial air traffic from 11.59pm on Friday until further notice.
“As such, we have made the difficult decision to temporarily cease normal operations from 5pm on Saturday until Friday, May 15.”
She added: “This decision will be regularly reviewed based on the ever-changing environment and developments.
“This decision was not made lightly but has been made with the wellbeing of our guests, colleagues at the forefront, and the wider Bermuda community.
“We have committed to covering total health insurance payments for all our colleagues.”
The Coral Beach and Tennis Club announced today that it would also shut effective immediately for at least two weeks.
The announcements came after four hotels — Cambridge Beaches, Elbow Beach, the Reefs and Rosedon — said they would cease operations until the health crisis was over.
Other hotels said they had warned guests about mandated 14-day quarantines imposed by the Government and offered to cancel or rebook stays without penalty.
UPDATE: Story has been updated to include the closure of the Coral Beach and Tennis Club.
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