We painfully chose to temporarily close Cameo Heighs Mansion, effective March 17 until April 7. This was not just because we were forced to, but because we deemed it a crucial part of our civic responsibility and commitment to the health and wellbeing of our staff and our guests. The following were all factors in this difficult decision:
- We considered what has happened in Italy and other countries in a matter of a few days and it is easy to see how quickly the spread of the virus can endanger the health and upset the whole social and economic structure in a neighborhood, a region or a whole country requiring, in its wake, much more restrictive quarantines and huge costs in human suffering, economic losses, and mortalities of those with compromised immunity systems.
- We see no way we can effectively evaluate an incoming guest’s potential for being a carrier of the virus.
- Thus to eliminate any possibility of the risk of exposure of incoming guests from another guest who, unbeknown even to themselves, might actually be contagious, we see no viable alternative to closure of our inn for a period of time.
- After much sober contemplation, in spite of the very negative immediate economic ramifications of this decision to close, and not oblivious to the inconvenience and predicament this closure presents to incoming guests and employees without work, we, nonetheless, feel it is our civic responsibility to act quickly and do our small part to “flatten the curve” of the spread of coronavirus by not encouraging for a short season the movement of people into and throughout our area.
- Because we expect that our friends and colleagues in similar businesses will all be taking similary actions.
- A recognition, that as communities and as individuals, our first loss will be our least loss. Any delays we and other businesses may have in reaching this decision will exacerbate exponentially future losses, sickness, and upheaval in our community.
If you have a booking in the last half of March and have not heard from us, please call us immediately. If so, we must not have your correct email address or phone number because we have attempted to reach everyone.
These are unusual times, never before witnessed by any of us. Please be assured that preserving your health and wellbeing as well as your continued willingness to rebook with us is critically important to our success today and in the future. We truly appreciate your understanding and support during this time.
Expect an update statement on this status on April 1, 2020.
Alan & Deanne Fielding
Proprietors of Cameo Heights Mansion