The Hotel Del Coronado. Photo via Wikimedia Commons

The Hotel Del Coronado announced Wednesday evening it will temporarily suspend operations as a result of the coronavirus’ impact on the hospitality industry.

The temporary suspension goes into effect Thursday, according to a statement from General Manager Harold Rapoza Jr.

“This difficult decision is reflective of the current business environment and not a result of illness or confirmed cases at the hotel,” Rapoza said.

“Our hotel security team will be on-site 24/7 to ensure this National Historic Landmark remains protected for our future guests.”

Rapoza said the company was in the process of supporting employees through the transition and notifying guests.

Guests with reservations were asked to contact Hilton Reservations and Customer Care, Rapoza said.

Construction projects at the hotel would continue “to the extent permitted” by Gov. Gavin Newsom’s statewide stay-at-home order along with the health and safety policies of the hotel’s general contractor, Rapoza said.

“In its long-standing history, Hotel del Coronado has overcome many challenges and has always re-emerged stronger because of our community,” Rapoza said.

“Please know that we are committed to fully restoring operations and welcoming the community, guests and team members back as soon as possible.”

— City News Service

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Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.