Virus forces ‘temporary’ closure of Yorkshire hotels

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Cedar Court Hotels, Yorkshire’s largest independent hotel group has announced it will temporarily close the Cedar Court Hotels in Bradford, Huddersfield and Harrogate with effect from noon today – Friday 20 March.

Wayne Topley, managing director, said: “Although a very difficult decision, we have taken this short-term action to provide some much needed clarity for our customers and colleagues and to provide reassurances that we are preserving our energies for our successful, and sustainable, long-term  future.

We run a successful hotel company with ongoing plans for growth, but this action is necessary.

“We have taken these unprecedented steps as a direct response to the advice of the Government around ‘social distancing’ and our ongoing duty to protect the health and the wellbeing of our customers and our teams within the business.

“We are taking new bookings from the 1 May onwards – unless Government advice changes.

“As a business and a team of people we hope for happier times, but for now the safety and welfare of guests and our workforce alike is of paramount importance.

“Our team members are being supported in a number of ways, we are currently helping our team into new temporary roles in local NHS businesses and supermarkets, who as we all know need extra support and resource as their efforts are now of national interest.

“We are also in direct contact with Government agencies in terms of offering hotels as facilities they can use.”