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Wednesday, 29 July 2015

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Hotel hit by vomiting bug Norovirus reopens

A HOTEL hit by the vomiting bug Norovirus has reopened to guests following a major deep-clean.

The Hunday Manor County House Hotel temporarily closed last week while contractors cleaned the venue and made it safe for guests to return.

It reopened to residents this Monday and will open fully from tomorrow.

The outbreak of the vomiting bug hit pupils at Whitehaven School, Stainburn and Southfield Technical College in Workington following their school proms two weeks ago.

Investigations were carried out by Public Health England (PHE) and environmental health teams from Allerdale and Copeland Council into the cause of illness and tests confirmed they had contracted Norovirus.

There was also further reported cases of visitors falling ill after visiting the hotel.

Subsequently the Winscales venue closed while cleaning took place and events were moved to other venues. Egremont’s West Lakes Academy was due to hold its prom there last week but moved it to the Red Admiral Hotel in Gosforth instead.

While Workington’s St Joseph’s Catholic High School had booked to hold its Year 11 leavers’ prom at the venue but relocated to the Greenhill Hotel at Wigton.

In a letter to guests, Joe Wilson, the hotel’s managing director, said that staff at the hotel have been “doing everything they can” to ensure they were given a clean bill of health at the weekend.

The letter continued: “As you can imagine I was not willing to reopen until we could be sure that it was safe for our guests and clients, but the clean-up seems to have gone well.”

Mr Wilson also reassured guests he and his staff have done everything possible to clear the outbreak.

The letter also accepted some people may still have concerns about the bug, and offered anyone who has booked an event at Hunday Manor and who are still worried to contact staff, who will seek alternative accommodation for them.

Reports of illness at Bethel House care home have also been looked into after five of its 60 residents fell ill last week.

Copeland Council has confirmed the cause of the sickness and diarrhoea bug is not Norovirus, salmonella poisoning or any food-related illness.

Care home bosses had called in experts from PHE and Copeland’s environmental health team to the St Bees Road home to carry out tests and find out the cause.

Precautionary measures were put in place, including restricting visitors in a bid to curb the illness’ spread while tests and a deep clean were carried out.


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