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Another major hotel chain closes for a month

Published:Saturday | March 21, 2020 | 12:20 AMCarl Gilchrist/Gleaner Writer

As the dramatic economic fallout from COVID-19 continues to unfold, the latest hotel to announce a one-month temporary closure is Couples Resorts which operates four all-inclusive resorts in Jamaica.

The properties, Couples Sans Souci, Couples Tower Isle, Couples Negril, and Couples Swept Away, will close their doors on March 28 to April 30, 2020, a letter addressed to guests of the resorts and posted online on Friday afternoon revealed.

“The Issa family and Couples executive team have carefully made this determination based on the various travel restrictions in effect in addition to considerations regarding our staff’s health at this time. We will continue to monitor and update you accordingly. Our hearts and thoughts go out to everyone affected by this pandemic and we appreciate those on the front line working to contain the virus,” the statement read.

The company said current guests have been asked to try and coordinate their travel plans to get home safely before March 28.

Persons with previous bookings between now and April 30 have been asked to contact their travel professionals or reservations centre to revise their travel plans.

An update will be provided by April 24, the company stated.

The announcement by Couples follows similar action by Riu which closed several of its hotels in western Jamaica just last week.