The Wickaninnish Inn, the landmark resort on Chesterman Beach near Tofino, is closing for two weeks following a provincial health recommendation that British Columbians stay closer to home.
Charles McDiarmid, managing director for the inn, said Friday the resort is calling guests with reservations for re-bookings starting on Dec. 8. The last of the current guests at the 75-room resort will have checked out by Tuesday.
The Wickaninnish will close its hotel, bar and restaurant and spa by then, and McDiarmid said most of the 170 staff will be temporarily laid off, leaving some to maintain operations.
“We have to drive down transmission rates as a province and we want to be part of the solution,” McDiarmid said. “Some [other hotels] are following our direction. Some are probably not. Most are not taking any new reservations.”
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