Cedar Court Hotels to close across West Yorkshire amid virus outbreak

Up to 180 employees could lose their jobs.

The Cedar Court Hotels in Bradford, Huddersfield and Harrogate will temporarily shut their doors from today (20/3) in response to the pandemic.

It's thought that up to 180 jobs will be lost as a result, although the hotel chain says it will be taking new bookings from the May 1st.

In a statement Managing Director Wayne Topley said it would have been hard to stay open while following the government advice:

"It is with great regret, that as of Friday the 20th March, the decision has been taken to temporarily close the Cedar Courts: Bradford, Huddersfield, and Harrogate. (Cedar Court Wakefield will remain open, in a reduced capacity)."

"We have taken this, enormously difficult and unprecedented, decision in a direct response to the Government's advice around ‘social distancing’ and our ongoing duty to protect the health and the wellbeing of our customers and our teams within the business. We are taking new bookings from the 1st of May onwards - unless Government advice changes.

"As a business and a team of people, we hope for happier times, but for now, the safety and welfare of guests and team alike is of paramount importance.

"We will be contacting all our customers and suppliers in the coming days, and we will do our upmost to move contracted business and honour our obligations where we can. 

"May we take this opportunity to wish all of our customers and their families the very best health during this time."

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