Covid outbreak at hotel one mile from G7 summit in Cornwall: Venue in St Ives restricted zone closes its restaurant after ’13 staff test positive’

  • The G7 restricted-zone Pedn Olva Hotel is still operating for overnight stays
  • It is not known whether anyone attending the summit was staying at the hotel
  • Hotel owners Austell Brewery have said ‘extensive measures’ are now in place

An upmarket seaside hotel near the G7 summit venue has been struck with a Covid outbreak. 

St Austell Brewery, which owns the Pedn Olva Hotel in St Ives, Cornwall, has said ‘a number’ of staff members have tested positive for the deadly virus.

The venue is about one mile away from where world leaders from seven countries are meeting this week at the Carbis Bay Hotel. 

It is inside the G7 restricted zone, which covers Carbis Bay, St Ives, Lelant and various parts of the surrounding area, but members of the public can still stay.

Thousands of additional people including police officers, security staff, world leaders and their entourages are descending on hotels in the area this weekend while the summit takes place.

Public areas and the restaurant have been closed, while guest rooms remain open. It is not known if anyone connected to the summit is staying there. 

Several staff members at the Pedn Olva Hotel in St Ives (pictured) have been infected with coronavirus as G7 world leaders meet just a mile away in Carbis Bay, Cornwall

Police officers patrol outside the security fence erected around the perimeter of Carbis Bay following coronavirus being detected in the area as the Prime Minister meets other world leaders nearby

The Pedn Olva Hotel sits in the St Ives region of the G7 restricted zone, where people may be asked to pass through security access points and show two forms of identification to enter

An employee for the company, who wished to remain anonymous, said that 13 employees had tested positive.

The employee said they’d also heard Pedn Olva would remain open and draft in additional staff from other sites owned by St Austell Brewery.

 ‘I just think it’s wrong,’ they said, ‘It’s not just their staff at risk, but the other staff and now the customers as well.

‘I just don’t think it’s right. The size of the outbreak. With G7 and everyone – it’s ridiculous.

‘It’s probably more cases than the whole of Cornwall. They’re clearly taking precautions, but it just feels wrong.’ 

The Pedn Olva Hotel is within the G7 restricted zone in Cornwall. Pictured: HMS Tamar patrols off St Ives ahead of the summit 

World leaders including President Joe Biden are convening in Cornwall for the G7 – as the hotel where a coronavirus outbreak has been detected has been contacted over whether anyone at the summit was staying overnight

A spokesperson for St Austell Brewery said: ‘A number of our team members at the Pedn Olva have tested positive for Covid-19 and are currently self-isolating.  

‘Their close contacts have been informed.

‘We have closed the restaurant and the hotel’s public areas as a precaution. 

‘Our rooms remain open to overnight guests, all of whom we’ve been in communication with since becoming aware of the outbreak.

‘We have extensive measures in place at the Pedn Olva to keep everybody safe, including regular staff testing, thorough cleaning practices, social distancing and face coverings.

‘The safety of our guests and pub teams remains our number one priority and we are working with public health authorities, following all government guidance, and taking the relevant precautions.’

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