#COVID-19 measures force the Ramada Resort Kooralbyn to stand down workers

CLOSED: The resort has cancelled bookings and laid off empoyees. Photo: Larraine Sathicq
CLOSED: The resort has cancelled bookings and laid off empoyees. Photo: Larraine Sathicq

THE Ramada Resort Kooralbyn has closed its doors to all but golf players, leaving employees out of work.

Resort management said the Australian government's COVID - 19 policies do not allow the resort to continue its business in its current format.

"These measures have left resorts like Ramada resort Kooralbyn Valley with no alternative but to close the Resort till after the ban is lifted," they said.

"All the forward bookings will be rescheduled or deposits refunded."

Resort manager Mark Heinrich said the golf course would continue to be open seven days a week selling only take away food and drinks.

"The resort values its staff and appreciated everything that has been done by all the employees to make the Ramada Resort Kooralbyn Valley the success it is," he said.

"The management is deeply saddened to advise you that from March 23 we must stand down your employment until the government changes its policies and allows us to trade under normal circumstances.'

"All staff that have been stood down due to the government-issued directive will be offered re-employment as soon as we are able to offer you meaningful work.

"In the meantime, the Australian government has offered employees who have been stood down due to their COVID-19 policy initiatives immediate welfare packages".

The resort and its associated assets are currently on the market for an international tender closing Wednesday, April 22.