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Two more hotel closures amid COVID-19

Two more hotels are closing their doors indefinitely following the most recent travel restrictions implemented by the competent authority.

Guardian Business can confirm that the British Colonial Hilton will be closing its doors effective August 1, while Resorts World Bimini announced its closure with immediate effect on July 25.

Regarding the British Colonial Hilton, Guardian Business was reliably informed that the determination to close was as a result of the new 14-day quarantine requirement for residents and visitors entering the country, announced by the government last week. Because of those new travel restrictions, the resort believes it will no longer have any guests.

While most hotels throughout the nation shut their doors following the COVID-19 emergency lockdown orders in March, the British Colonial Hilton remained open straight through with an occupancy of around 8 percent and with skeleton staff.

Most of the resort’s approximately 250 staff were already furloughed.

The resort is hopeful that it can reopen around the holidays later in the year.

Pointing to unsettling times due to COVID-19, Resorts World Bimini announced on Friday in a letter to guests that out of respect for the concerns of The Bahamas’ prime minister, it has made the difficult decision to temporarily suspend operations.

Resorts World Bimini.

“As we continue to closely follow the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation both domestically and abroad, our team is monitoring all advisories and guidelines from The Bahamas’ Ministry of Health and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Please know that during these times, we remain committed to providing our future guests with a safe, friendly, welcoming environment that you have come to expect from Resorts World Bimini,” the letter states.

“At Resorts World Bimini, our foremost priority is the well-being and safety of our guests, team members and local community. We sincerely apologize to our guests who were looking forward to arriving in the coming weeks.”

The closure of these two properties comes a week after Sandals Emerald Bay on Great Exuma closed its doors as a result of the new travel restrictions.

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