THE Caribbean’s popular all-inclusive resort chain, Sandals and Beaches Resorts, has announced the temporary closure of its hotels in response to the impacts of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
Citing travel restrictions, flight cancellations and the current global health crisis among some of its reasons for temporary shutdown of operations, the operators of one of the Caribbean’s top tourist resorts have expressed that they hope that the closure will be short-lived and they will be able to cater to guests soon.
It has been indicated by management that closures may last up until May.
The resort chain said none of its 15 Sandals resorts nor three Beaches properties would accept any guest arrivals past March 23.
Chairman of Sandals Resorts Gordon “Butch” Stewart, in announcing the closure, said it was a difficult but very relevant decision giving the ongoing impacts of the virus.
“Recent global travel warnings, coupled with airline carrier cancellations, have compelled us to make the difficult decision to close all Sandals and Beaches Resorts from the period of March 30 to May 15— therefore, we will not be able to accept new arrivals as of March 23,” he said.