Due to the Covid-19 outbreak, the hotel that was housing G7 media and security personnel is closed.
A coronavirus outbreak has forced the closure of a hotel in Cornwall that was purportedly housing media and security personnel for the G7 conference.
The Pedn Olva hotel in St Ives was temporarily closed on Thursday, according to its website, and enquiries should be directed to its proprietors, St Austell Brewery.
Following conversations with Public Health England, the hotel indicated a number of employees had been affected and that it would close for extensive cleaning (PHE).
Two security guards for German Chancellor Angela Merkel were said to be staying inside the hotel, though it is unclear whether they are quarantining or have been evacuated.
Ms Merkel will still be attending the conference, according to a spokeswoman for Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
The hotel, according to reports, discovered a coronavirus outbreak on Wednesday.
“We can confirm that a number of our workers at the Pedn Olva, St Ives, have tested positive for Covid-19,” the hotel’s proprietors, St Austell Brewery, said.
“We promptly notified Public Health England of these occurrences and have been working closely with them to ensure we are adhering to all relevant safety rules.
“Following long conversations with PHE and Cornwall Council over the last few days, we have decided to close the hotel completely.
“We understand the inconvenience, especially considering the limited lodging options in the area right now, but the safety and security of our workers and visitors is our top priority.
“Once a comprehensive Covid-19 deep clean has been completed and we have the necessary people in place, the hotel will reopen.”
At around 5 p.m., Simon Norris, 62, who lives near the hotel, said his wife spotted individuals checking out and departing with bags.
He told the PA news agency, “We don’t have a lot of direct interaction with the hotel, and I’m genuinely saddened by the outbreak.”
“I pity the employees that work there since they have put in a lot of effort to prepare the hotel for the G7 and tourists. It’s a huge disappointment.
“When we went there, they met everyone. (This is a brief piece.)