The Burgh Island hotel in Bigbury-on-Sea, Kingsbridge, has revealed it will continue to offer accommodation to its staff amid its temporary closure.
The Grade-II listed Art Deco hotel features 25 bedrooms, a fine-dining restaurant and spa.
He said: “We are in a fortunate position to be able to offer accommodation to the hotel’s staff during this time and we continue to monitor their wellbeing and safety as we all commit to following the Government’s guidelines on staying at home and social distancing.
“It is certainly a challenging time for the hospitality and leisure industries. But they are a vital part of our economy contributing much in revenues and employment, helping to make the UK tourist industry one of the country’s key sectors.”
He added: “The Government’s measures, including giving companies in the sector access to loans, grants and business rate relief are therefore welcome and the sector is also playing its part in our efforts to combat the impact of the Covid-19 virus. A number of large hotel groups and independent operators, in some of our bigger cities, have offered to house NHS staff and now the homeless.
“This is inspiring and I applaud their commitment. We all need to support each other in this trying time and I am sure the leisure and hospitality sector will continue to look for ways that they can contribute to our efforts to minimise the impact of the virus and be ready to help revive the economy in the coming months.”