The industry association representing B.C. hotels says 30 to 40 per cent of establishments could go under, if the novel coronavirus pandemic drags on.
Many of the province’s accommodation providers have shut their doors entirely, like Vancouver’s family-owned Wedgewood Hotel.
“It was a very, very difficult decision to make,” said general manager Glenn Eleiter, who described it as a little “eerie” and “odd” to have the building empty for the first time in 37 years.
The hotel is located directly across the street from St. Paul’s Hospital, and worked out a deal with Providence Health Care to provide rooms for health-care workers.
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