Indian variant of Bolton Covid: Couple’s hotel booking canceled

A COUPLE have had their hotel booking canceled due to fears over the Indian variant of coronavirus currently present in Bolton.

Paul Rosimus, 60, and his wife Ursula, 57, from Lostock, had planned to visit the Aqua Hotel on the Isle of Wight on June 12 for a four-night stay.

However, the day after booking the hotel last week, Paul had the booking canceled – and he says hotel bosses explained it was due to the situation in Bolton.

He said: ‘This is my first experience with something like this and what I want to do is point out that the people of Bolton are being treated like lepers. When is it going to end? Aren’t we going to be able to use anything or go anywhere if we’re from Bolton?

“People in Bolton are starting to feel alienated because of the virus. We had both vaccines. Really it should allow us to live a normal life. I booked it on Thursday and an automated system confirmed it.

Paul noticed that at the bottom of the reservation there was an offer that if you called the hotel they could arrange a cheaper ferry. However, when he called the hotel he was told the booking would be canceled as he was from Bolton.

He said: “She asked me to confirm my address and I thought it was just a matter of security. Then I told her and she said she was canceling and it was as direct as that.

A hotel spokeswoman confirmed to The Bolton News that Paul’s booking had been cancelled, but insisted it was to protect staff and other guests.

The Indian variant of the coronavirus has led to a surge in cases in Bolton, with the town topping the country’s infection rate list in recent days.

She said: “In the news we see here, the virus is rampant (in Bolton). There are staff under 30 here who have not been vaccinated. It is a concern. The rooms must be maintained by staff and their protection and that of other guests is important.

“I’m really sorry for him, but it wouldn’t be a problem later in the year. I apologized when I spoke to him and didn’t dismiss him out of hand. He wasn’t pointed out finger and it is very difficult.

The spokeswoman added that under previous tier systems, travel was prohibited in high-risk areas. Paul said he “understands the idea” of the cancellation – but still wanted to highlight what people in Bolton may be facing.

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