A hotel reportedly hosting media and security staff for the G7 has closed following a coronavirus outbreak.
The website for the Pedn Olva hotel in St Ives, Cornwall, said it has temporarily shut on Thursday and directed inquiries to its owners, St Austell Brewery.
The hotel said a number of staff had been affected and it would close for deep cleaning following discussions with Public Health England (PHE).
According to reports, the hotel had identified a coronavirus outbreak on Wednesday.
Sky News said it had spoken to a number of security staff protecting the German G7 delegation who were staying at the hotel.
A number of media crews were reportedly thought to have been staying at the hotel and operating a live presenting position from the roof.
The hotel owners, St Austell Brewery, said: “We can confirm that a number of our team at the Pedn Olva, St Ives, have tested positive for Covid-19.
“We immediately notified Public Health England of these cases and have been working closely with them to ensure we follow all appropriate safety guidelines.
“Following extensive discussions over the last few days with PHE and Cornwall Council, we have taken the decision to fully close the hotel.
“We fully appreciate the inconvenience given the limited accommodation options available in the area at the moment but the safety and security of our team and guests is our upmost priority.
“The hotel will reopen once a full Covid-19 deep clean has taken place and we have the available staff to run it.”
Andi Grimes, 55, and her husband Marco Grimes, 58, who both live near the Pedn Olva hotel, described the outbreak of Covid-19 as “concerning”.
“We’re both shielding as Marco is vulnerable,” Andi said.
“We haven’t been inside a supermarket for the last year or so, so when something like that happens it is a concern for us. But we understand it is unavoidable being a tourist destination.
“We have got quite a lot of vulnerable people on this street and a lot who are elderly.”
Simon Norris, 62, who also lives near to the Pedn Olva Hotel, said his wife saw people checking out of the hotel and leaving with bags at about 5pm.
“We don’t have a lot of direct contact with the hotel, I’m really saddened by the outbreak,” he said.
“I feel very sorry for the staff that work there because they have done a lot of work to open the hotel up for the G7 and visitors. It’s extremely disappointing.
“When we’ve gone there they’ve met all the Covid protocols, I think they’ve just been very, very unlucky. It’s a great shame really. Prior to this we have had no incidents of Covid in St Ives.
“They’re a good hotel, good management, and I just feel really sorry for them. It’s really unfair.”