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Old Course Hotel latest to be closed by Covid rules

The Old Course Hotel: shutting temporarily

The Old Course Hotel in St Andrews is the latest five-star hotel to close because of the coronavirus restrictions imposed by the government.

All of its facilities will shut “temporarily”, but it gave no date for when it will reopen. The golf course will remain open.

The announcement follows a decision by Gleneagles Hotel to close until February.

Fife and neighbouring Perth and Kinross are in the government’s level three lockdown which means restaurants and bars cannot serve alcoholic drinks with or without a meal and must close by 6pm – although hotels can serve food to guests in their rooms until 10pm.

Many hoteliers and restaurateurs have said this makes it uneconomic to open.

In a statement, the Old Course Hotel said: “All of us at Old Course Hotel, Golf Resort & Spa really appreciate our guests and our community for helping to make the last few months enjoyable and safe.

“We are committed to the health and safety of our guests, staff, and the public, so we will be temporarily closing the Old Course Hotel from Monday 16 November. This includes hotel bars and restaurants, Kohler Waters Spa, the Pro Shop, Jigger Inn and Hams Hame.”

It said it had been a “very difficult decision for us to make” but felt it was the right one.

The statement added: “We will continue to monitor updates and follow guidelines from the Scottish Government and will keep our guests and staff informed as the situation evolves. Thank you for your patience, understanding and support during this time of unprecedented uncertainty.”

Hotel representative groups say they hope there will be more support forthcoming following talks with government ministers last week.

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