Deer Valley Resort has opened to guests following a lockdown following the recent coronavirus outbreak.
The resort’s director of public affairs, Tim Brown, said the resort would be open for guests to go on Friday, but would not be open to the public.
“There will be a closed door, we’ll be doing some other things as we work through this,” he said.
“But we are open to everybody to go.”
The resort has a three-storey swimming pool, a gym and two hot tubs.
“We have a little bit of a safety issue at the moment,” Brown said.
“There are some really big risks out there.”
Brown said the hotel was being run on a 24-hour basis.
“This is a resort.
This is not a quarantine, this is a business, so we have to make sure that we can do it safely,” he told ABC Radio Melbourne.”
If you go into the main pool and the pool is closed then you can’t swim.
We are very close to a coronavision site, so it will take a little while to get to that.
It is not the safest resort, it is not going to be the safest hotel, but we are taking that risk and trying to make it as safe as possible.”
In a statement, the resort said it had received a “robust” response from the public and would be operating in “good order”.
“The safety of our guests and employees remains our number one priority,” it said.
The Queensland Government has been notified of the closure.
Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said it was disappointing to hear of the lockdown, but said she would be contacting the public to let them know about the closure, as well as offer assistance.
“As a matter of urgency, I’m asking the public, especially in rural areas, to check on the situation in their area,” she said.
Queenland Premier: Lockdown a ‘tough call’But Dr Brown said it wasn’t just the lockdown that was a “tough situation”.
“We’ve had to be able to make some really difficult decisions on how we’re going to get through this and that’s going to take some time, but there are very important decisions to be made,” he explained.
“For example, in the case of the coronaviruses, it was very hard to keep track of all of the people who came in and out of the hospital.”
I’ve always felt the lockdown was a difficult call and a very difficult situation.
But I’m very confident that we will be able and the people at Deer Valley are confident that they will be in good order to go ahead and do the business of Deer Valley.
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