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G7 summit: St Ives hotel housing security personnel and media forced to close after COVID outbreak | Politics News

A hotel housing security staff and media for the G7 summit in Cornwall must close completely following a COVID-19 outbreak.

The Pedn Olva Hotel in St Ives – the host city of the top leaders and just a mile from Carbis Bay – said it would “shut down completely” after discussing the outbreak with Public Health England.

It is understood that 13 employees are infected out of approximately 17 workers.

There were only 45 cases of COVID-19[female[feminine in Cornwall during the week of May 30 to June 5.

The hotel is in St Ives – one mile from the summit location

A member of staff, who was leaving the hotel to self-isolate with two packs of COVID tests, told Sky News that the hotel was “closing and boarding.”

Sky News spoke to a number of security guards protecting the German G7 delegation staying at the hotel.

They said they hadn’t been “told anything” but that they might end up buying a tent and sleeping on the beach.

Most hotels in the county are full because of the summit.

A number of media teams – including CBS – are said to have stayed at the hotel and operated a live presentation position from its rooftop.

An empty terrace at the Hotel Pedn Olva after its closure
The terrace of the Hotel Pedn Olva was empty following the closure

In a statement, the owners of the hotel – St Austell Brewery – said: “We can confirm that a number of our team at Pedn Olva, St Ives, have tested positive for COVID-19.

“We immediately informed Public Health England of these cases and worked closely with them to ensure we were following all appropriate safety guidelines.

“Following extensive discussions over the past few days with PHE and Cornwall Council, we have made the decision to completely close the hotel.

“We fully appreciate the inconvenience given the limited accommodation options available in the area at this time, but the safety of our team and guests is our top priority. The …

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This notice was published: 2021-06-10 15:44:00

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