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Four-star midlands hotel forced to close after 20 guests test positive for Covid-19

By Sarah Finnan

September 18, 2020 at 9:43am

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A four-star hotel in the midlands has been forced to temporarily close its doors after an outbreak of Covid-19 amongst guests.

The four-star Bridge House Hotel in Tullamore has had to temporarily close its doors to the public after it was confirmed that up to 20 of its guests had tested positive for Covid-19. Part of a larger group of 40 people, it's believed that the party stayed on the premises for several days in early September.

A statement released to the Independent by the hotel confirmed the cluster.

'The health and safety of employees and guests is the number one priority for our hotel.

'Since reopening we have worked tirelessly to ensure a safe environment in-line with all Government public health guidance, including from the Department of Health and the HSE.

'However, regrettably, we confirm that we have been notified by the HSE of a confirmed cluster in a group of guests who stayed at our hotel last week.

'We are working closely with and co-operating fully with the HSE. All potential close contacts are being contacted by the HSE.'

All hotel staff are to be tested as a result of the outbreak and public health teams are also working to contact other guests who may have come into contact with the group while staying at the hotel.

Local GPs have been informed of the situation, however, it's believed that so far the outbreak has been limited to just the group in question.

Header image via Facebook/Bridge House Hotel

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