Omni Bedford Springs Resort and Spa will be closing for two months, Omni officials have announced.
Bill Leidholm, Bedford Springs general manager, said on Friday, “The target date for reopening is June 1. We will evaluate in the coming weeks to see if we can actually open earlier.”
Leidholm said the resort remains open for guests who already have checked in, but will close after they check out on Sunday.
He the Bedford Springs closing is part of a policy of Omni Hotels Resorts’ policy that is “a little bit of a hybrid.”
Omni announced what Leidholm described as “the first wave” of closings on Monday, with seven properties in areas where the coronavirus is widespread such as New York City, Chicago and San Francisco. The Omni William Penn in Pittsburgh also was on that list.
Eight more properties have closed since Monday.
The Springs’ closing effective Sunday is one of nearly two-dozen Omni resorts across the nation to be closed this weekend.
The golf course at the Springs has not been operating since Gov. Tom Wolf ordered all non-essential businesses to close.
Leidholm said the decision to close was a bitter one for everyone at the Springs.
“It’s heart-wrenching,” he said. Despite a long career in the industry, “Nothing has prepared me for this. I feel for our associates, I feel for our community, and I hope that everyone comes out of this safe.”
It was more bad news for the Bedford County business community that is already reeling from Gov. Tom Wolf’s order closing all non-life-sustaining businesses.
Dennis Tice, director of the Bedford County Visitors’ Bureau, said he understood, that Omni was making the best business decisions under the circumstances.
“There aren’t any travelers. There aren’t any visitors,” he said. “Certainly they (the Springs) have a profound, great impact on the community.”