Perth Racecourse have closed their purpose-built hotel for at least a month – and offered it to the NHS and emergency services as they work to control the spread of the coronavirus.
With no race meetings likely to take place at the Scone Palace venue for the foreseeable future, it has been decided that The Lodge will suspend trading from 5pm on Friday for a minimum of four weeks.
The hotel opened in 2016.
A spokesperson said: “On the basis of the unprecedented circumstances we are all living in at present, as well as government and NHS advice, this was the only possible decision which could be reached with the health and safety of all people the absolute priority.
“Staff at The Lodge were the first to be informed earlier this afternoon, with this update also communicated to the wider Perth Racecourse and Heritage Portfolio team. All guests with reservations within that period have also been informed and refunded.
“From the bottom of our hearts we’d like to thank all staff at The Lodge for their hard work and commitment in these most trying of circumstances for everyone. We are doing everything within our power and control to work towards the best possible outcome for all.
“With everything so fast-moving, we will continue to monitor the situation very closely and continue to follow all government and NHS advice. The decision to close for a minimum of four weeks is subject to ongoing review in line with that.
“Perth Racecourse can also confirm that The Lodge has been offered to local emergency services and the NHS for use as a closed facility should it help the incredible work they are doing around the clock to keep us all safe.
“We’d like to wish everyone the very best of health and encourage you all to look after each other in the days and weeks ahead.”