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Parkdean bows to pressure and closes down parks: holidaymakers told to stay away from Grannie's Hielan' hame, Embo

By Caroline McMorran

The operators of a Sutherland caravan park have bowed to pressure to close it down because of the escalating coronavirus crisis.

Parkdean Resorts yesterday announced the closure of its parks to holidaymakers until May 1.

Grannies Hielan Hame, embo
Grannies Hielan Hame, embo

This includes its Grannie's Hielan' Hame resort at Embo

The company came under considerable fire from local people concerned that an insurge of visitors could heighten the risk of coronavirus spreading in Sutherland.

Parkdean is offering all holidaymakers who had booked to stay at its parks during the period in question a full refund.

All facilities and all touring and camping provision is now cancelled.

Access to the parks by third parties will be denied and controlled by security teams.

Parkdean's chief executive officer Steve Richards said: “Parkdean Resorts has 67 parks across the UK and our company plays a big role in local communities, whether it be through investment, tourism or employment. As such, we have been in conversation with community leaders, customers and our people, and have decided to delay the launch of the season. We are very sorry to the many holiday makers who were hoping to spend their Easter break with us, but I hope they understand why.

“We will continually and closely review the Government’s guidance and hope to welcome people on park from 1 May.

“As our parks are based in areas that rely on tourism, I would therefore like to reassure anyone working for Parkdean Resorts, and the communities they live in, that no one will be made redundant as a result of coronavirus, and we will be paying 100 per cent salary.

“As Parkdean Resorts was gearing up for the Easter holidays, we have a significant amount of perishable food on park which will now be donated to local community food banks.”

This news follows the announcement by Parkdean Resorts on March 21 that following Government instruction, all its bars, restaurants, swimming pools, leisure facilities and amenities would be closed immediately and all activities, sports, entertainment would cease.

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