A PLUSH hotel overlooking Southend seafront has revealed its plans to re-open in the first week of July if lockdown restrictions are further eased.

Bosses at the Seven Hotel, in Clifton Terrace, say they are now taking bookings from July 4.

In a post on Facebook, the hotel says it is introducing a set of measures and standards to re-open the hotel in first week of July.

It has released a checklist of steps it is taking to keep staff and guests safe:

  • To ensure social distancing in public areas such as the reception, corridors or bar, all employees are required to keep a distance of 1.5 to two metres between them and the guests.
  • The number of disinfectant dispensers will be significantly increased so that guests and employees can disinfect their hands at all important contact points. For example, reception desk and where food and drink are offered.
  • Extensive new cleaning practices will be put in place to provide the best possible protection against potential Covid-19.
  • All rooms will be thoroughly deep cleaned before the arrival of guests and the same "intensely robust" cleaning protocols will be applied during every guest changeover
  • The most frequently-used areas, such as bathrooms, and most used devices and appliances like TV remote controls will receive particular attention.
  • Wherever possible, food and beverages will be served to guests by staff wearing protective masks

Writing on Facebook, hotel bosses say: "With our health and safety management system, we can ensure that the hotels meet guests’ high expectations and offer the best possible protection against infections during these unusual times.

"We are laying the foundations for an agile and safe return to business so we can be ready to offer our unique Seven Hotel experiences again.

"With this set of measures, we are creating the framework required to ensure we can offer our guests enjoyable and safe experiences as soon travel restrictions are lifted.

"The Seven Hotel can be relied upon to continue working hard, in close partnership with tourist boards, Government and the local council, towards the gradual opening up of hotels."

Bookings are now back open from July 4.