Cork hotel temporarily closed after staff member tests positive for Covid-19

Cork hotel temporarily closed after staff member tests positive for Covid-19

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A hotel in Cork has temporarily closed after a staff member tested positive for Covid-19.

An independent decision was made by the O’Neill family to close Fernhill House Hotel in Clonakilty to help protect the community after “a casual staff member” tested positive for the virus.

The O’Neill family who run the hotel addressed its customers in a social media post which assured people that all HSE guidelines have been followed since reopening.

“Since reopening we have followed every HSE guideline and were one of the first hotels to receive the Fáilte Ireland Covid Safety Charter. The staff member contracted the virus outside of work.

“The HSE has informed us that none of our guests or customers are at risk as all guidelines were followed correctly.

“We all feel fine and took all precautions necessary to safeguard against Covid-19 however out of an abundance of caution we have independently made the decision to close the hotel for a temporary period of time to help protect our community,” the post read.

The hotel is due to be “back up and running soon” and the family thanked its guests for their support, understanding and patience during a difficult time.

“We would also like to wish the very best to our team member who has tested positive.” The hotel will now be directed by the HSE to follow all necessary protocols.

“This is now unfortunately part of living with Covid and the safety and well being of our customers and colleagues will always come first. We apologise for any inconvenience caused but very much look forward to welcoming you back to Fernhill very soon.”

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