In its latest update regarding the virus, the group said it had also seen a “significant increase” in cancellations following the spread of the virus to Europe, in particular, the spread from Northern Italy to the UK and Ireland.
In its latest statement, the group said: “The extent of the impact of COVID-19, the rate at which the virus spreads, and the period for which it continues cannot be predicted at this time.”
While the group had experienced no reduction in demand at the time of its full year results on 25 February, looking forward, it is “too early” to estimate the financial impact that the virus will have.
Pat McCann, CEO at Dalata, said: “Dalata’s decentralised operating model means that we have responsibility at a local level, co-ordinated through group, enabling us to respond quickly and effectively as this situation evolves.
“Our primary concern is the health and wellbeing of our people and our guests. We are implementing additional procedures and following the guidelines provided by the World Health Organisation.”
He added: “Our lowly geared asset backed balance sheet together with our experience in reacting to crisis scenarios gives us the resilience to manage the impact of the unfortunate outbreak of the COVID-19 virus.”
The group will provide a further update as the situation develops.