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2020-07-12 - 07:02:42  TOURISM | 

ELBOW BEACH THROWS IN TOWEL ON 2020 TOURIST SEASON

There is less hope for hotel workers regarding earning opportunities during the current tourist season with employees of Elbow Beach Hotel receiving notice that the resort will not reopen for the current season but remain shut-down until the new year.

A letter delivered to current staff members outlined how the current Covid-19 global pandemic had initially shut-down avenues for overseas visitors to populate the hotel while ongoing effects were yet critically curtailing efforts to salvage the remainder of the summer period thus the move to throw in the proverbial towel on the 2020 season.

“As you are probably aware, the global effects of Covid-19 have had a serious impact on our tourism season,” read the statement. “This has prevented our ability to operate as usual this year.

“Consequently, the hotel owner, The Elbow Beach Hotel and Development Company Limited, has concluded that the property will remain closed until December 31, 2020.”
The move follows a similar move by Rosedon Hotel in Pembroke that recently announced that it was shutting down hotel operations for the current season while continuing to run restaurant services.

Nevertheless, the closure will yet cost the establishment as they have pledged to fulfill the redundancy requirements of non-unionised staff which is due once individual lay-offs extend beyond a four-month period, with two weeks’ pay due each person based for each year continuously employed at any work establishment.

“The hotel owner is aware of their financial obligation to non-Unionised full-time and part-time employees, by way of redundancy under the Employment Act 2000 and we will be working with (employees) in the upcoming months to fulfill their obligation where applicable,” added the letter. “We will be contacting employees in due course as this process is underway.”

Despite Bermuda’s borders having recently reopened there has thus far been but a trickle of tourists venturing to local shores which has most hotel and guest properties evaluating the economic feasibility of reopening versus remaining closed.
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