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Solotel shattered by COVID-19 shutdown

March 23, 2020
By Alana House

The Solomon Family, Matt Moran and Solotel Group have made a joint media statement regarding impacts of COVID-19 pandemic on their staff and business.

“Today is an incredibly sad day for our people and for the hospitality industry,” they said in a statement.

“We want to thank our incredible staff and loyal guests for their dedication and support over the years.”

Bruce Solomon, founder of Solotel Group added: “The Solomon family has proudly been a part of Australia’s hospitality industry for more than a 100 years.

“We are devastated by what has happened to hospitality and the wonderful people who work within our industry. It is the people we have had the privilege of working with that has made my time in the industry so fulfilling. I feel for our staff, their families and everyone in the industry. Elliot, Anna and I want to say thank you and we hope we will be able to rebuild a stronger Solotel in the future”.

Matt Moran, co-owner of the Matt Moran branded restaurants, said: “In my 36 years in the industry, there have been many ups and downs but this breaks my heart. As a community, we must be brave, be kind, stay positive and support. We will get through this and will come back stronger when we re-open.”

Solotel Justine Baker

Solotel CEO Justine Baker (above) said: “Today is a sad day for our people and the hospitality industry. We are committed to getting the business through this so that we are able to welcome our staff and guests back as soon as we can.”

The Sackville Hotel and Clock Hotel Bottle Shops will remain open along with a review of further take away offerings underway.

United Workers Union is calling on the Federal Government to commit to an emergency rescue package to help close to a million hospitality workers left without work from the COVID-19 crisis.

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