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Hotel for G7 Summit media and security closes due to Covid outbreak

Hotel for G7 Summit media and security closes due to Covid outbreak
The Pedn-Olva hotel in St Ives will close after an outbreak of Covid among staff (Picture: Pierre Terre/Getty)

A hotel believed to be housing security staff and media for the G7 Summit in Cornwall is closing after an outbreak of coronavirus.

The Pedn-Olva hotel in St Ives, a mile from Carbis Bay where the summit will be hosted, said it will close after liaising with Public Health England.

It is thought that 13 of the hotel’s 17 employees are infected.

The hotel owners, St Austell Brewery, said in a statement: ‘We can confirm that a number of our team at the Pedn Olva, St Ives, have tested positive for Covid-19.

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The hotel’s owners confirmed the decision had been taken to ‘fully close’ (Picture: Pierre Terre)

‘We immediately notified Public Health England of these cases and have been working closely with them to ensure we follow all appropriate safety guidelines.

‘Following extensive discussions over the last few days with PHE and Cornwall Council, we have taken the decision to fully close the hotel.

‘We fully appreciate the inconvenience given the limited accommodation options available in the area at the moment but the safety and security of our team and guests is our upmost priority.

‘The hotel will reopen once a full Covid-19 deep clean has taken place and we have the available staff to run it.’

The Pedn-Olva was housing a number of media crews, including CBS, as well as security staff protecting German delegates, according to Sky News.

One of the latter told the outlet they have ‘been told nothing’ and may have to resort to buying a tent and sleeping on the beach.

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