NASSAU, BAHAMAS — British Colonial Hilton has advised staff members that it will extend its temporary suspension of operations until further notice, citing the ongoing COVID-19 crisis in the country.
In a letter to its staff on Friday, the hotel said: “We were hoping to resume our operations in October but unfortunately, this is not the case.
“We continue to see an increase and widespread of the virus with no flattening of the curve right now.
“As a result, we are now faced to further extend the temporary suspension of our operations effective October 1, 2020, until further notice.”
The hotel reminded its staff that the National Insurance Board has launched an extended unemployment benefits program.
“We know that the past months have not been easy and living with all the uncertainties is difficult,” it said.
“We continue to assure you that we are considering all possible measures to assist during these unforeseen times.”
The letter added: “The British Colonial Hotel continues with many ongoing initiatives and measures to ensure the financial stability of the company.
“In the interim, we encourage you to stay as safe as possible.”
The hotel joins a number of resorts that have opted to delay their reopening – including Atlantis and Baha Mar – due to the global pandemic and rising cases locally.
Health officials confirmed 101 additional confirmed cases of COVID-19 in The Bahamas on Saturday, taking the number of cases to 3,315.
Of the new cases, 69 are on New Providence, eight on Grand Bahama, one on Exuma, and another 23 with locations pending.
The Ministry of Health also confirmed the death of a 69-year-old man of New Providence on September 18. The latest death takes the COVID-19 fatality count to 74.
The death of a 30-year-old woman in New Providence is also under investigation, officials said.
The number of deaths under investigation stands at 16.