Hotel 'saddened'

Covid rules see Gleneagles shut until February

Gleneagles Hotel

Gleneagles may not be alone in closing (pic: Terry Murden)

Gleneagles Hotel said it will close until February as a result of the tighter Covid restrictions imposed on Perthshire.

A spokesman said it was “saddened” to have been forced into shutting its doors after working hard to make the hotel a safe environment.

The head of the Scottish Tourism Alliance said it would not be the last hotel to shut down over the winter but hoped that after speaking to the First Minister yesterday more support would be forthcoming.

Gleneagles spokesman Conor O’Leary said: “Following the Scottish Government’s announcement that Perth and Kinross will be moved up to protection level three in the national coronavirus restriction system, we’ve taken the very difficult decision to temporary close Gleneagles’ doors for the second time this year – from Friday, November 13 until Sunday, January 31, inclusive.”

He added: “Having worked so hard to provide a safe environment across our estate, we are saddened by this development, especially in the lead-up to Christmas, the highlight of our calendar for both teams and guests.

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“However, we’re committed to taking the additional measures necessary to protect the health and wellbeing of everyone at Gleneagles, and to play our part in minimising COVID-19 cases in the region.

“The support and well-wishes we’ve received over the past eight months, including our four-month closure period earlier this year, have been truly humbling, and we look forward to welcoming back our hotel guests from 1 February, subject to government regulations.

“We extend our sympathy to all the individuals, families and teams around the world who have been affected by this crisis and our gratitude to all the essential workers who continue to work tirelessly to keep everyone safe.”

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