Coronavirus: Butlins to close all UK resorts amid COVID-19 outbreak

Butlins is closing all of its UK resorts amid the ongoing spread of Covid-19.

The decision comes after Minehead locals petitioned for the seaside holiday resort's closure due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Minehead is known as a retirement town, and the petition argued the area was vulnerable due to its elderly residents, and that the number of guests travelling to the resort from other places could spread the virus.

Minehead locals created a petition after growing concerns of the virus spreading. Credit: PA Images

Butlins in Minehead holds around 5,000 people when full to capacity.

It recently hosted the Darts UK Open Finals which saw thousands of darts fans flock to the resort.

Where are the Butlins resorts?

  • Minehead

  • Bognor Regis

  • Skegness

All three resorts will close from Friday 20 March for four weeks. The company has said it will contact those affected by the closures.

Butlins in Minehead can hold around five thousand people when at full capacity. Credit: PA Images

The closures also follow the government’s latest announcement to avoid public gathering, pubs, clubs, theatres and cinemas.

Advice is to avoid all unnecessary social contact or travel, and to work from home where you can.