Helmsdale Hostel Covid-19 update statement: 24 July 2020

Due to the outbreak of Covid-19, Helmsdale Hostel temporarily closed in March 2020 in line with national Government lockdown procedures. At the end of May, the Scottish Government announced tourist accommodation providers should prepare to reopen with a view to all accommodation being operational by 15 July 2020. Despite having achieved the ‘Good to Go’ status, due to the contagious nature of the virus, particularly within a small rural community, we made the decision to delay our reopening until 25 July 2020.

Over this period, we have been closely following the Scottish Government’s guidance and it is clear the virus remains highly contagious, with the potential to spread relatively quickly. Consequently, we feel it is the right decision to postpone the planned reopening of the hostel on 25 July 2020, in efforts to keep staff, guests and a small populated community safe.

Although we hope to reopen the hostel later this summer, we cannot at this stage, give a definitive date. However, realistically in line with Scottish Government’s advice in relation to maintaining strict precautions, we do not anticipate reopening before the end of August 2020.

This has been an extremely difficult decision for us to make and we sincerely hope guests are understanding of our reasons. Rest assured a warm welcome awaits when we do re-open our doors!