Tim Higgs, the owner of Clover Hotel and Spa at the clothing-optional venue in Erdington, said half his income comes from spa facilities which the Government said must remain shut
The owner of a Birmingham nudist hotel said he could partly reopen his business after lockdown restrictions were eased by the Government – but may stay shut because spas are still banned.
Tim Higgs, who has run Clover Hotel and Spa in Erdington for almost a decade, would be able to safety open his hotel and gardens after Prime Minster Boris Johnson announced the lifting of rules in the hospitality sector.
But the independent owner said half his income comes from its spa facilities, which are part of a number of venues prevented from reopening.
Last April, the naturist Clover Hotel and Spa – where clothing is optional – was listed at number one on TripAdvisor out of 117 hotels in the city.
Mr Higgs said he has still received bookings during lockdown amid “huge demand” online and over the phone from guests.
“The problem is that the spa is half my income”Tim Higgs
“The problem is that the spa is half my income,” Mr Higgs told BirminghamLive.
“If I can’t open that it’s probably not worth opening the hotel, which disappoints me and a lot of other people as well. If I open up we have less than half the income and all the costs.
Original publication 23 June, 2020
Posted on NatCorn 24th June 2020
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