Skegness Butlins Hit with Suspected Norovirus Outbreak: Families’ Holidays Ruined
Butlins in Skegness has been accused of not doing enough after reports of a norovirus outbreak. Families staying at the popular seaside resort of Skegness Butlins have been left devastated as their holidays took a turn for the worse due to a suspected outbreak of norovirus.
Numerous guests have reported cases of sickness and vomiting, leading to complaints and ruined holidays. The United Kingdom Health Security Agency (UKHSA) is actively working with Butlins management to contain the spread of the infection.
Guests at Butlins in Skegness have voiced their grievances about falling ill during their stays. Beckie Sanderson, one of the affected guests, expressed her disappointment, stating that the illness had completely ruined her birthday celebration and disrupted their plans to meet with family members in Skegness.
Several families have echoed a similar sentiment, sharing their frustration at the unexpected turn of events and the impact it had on their long-awaited holidays. One of the major complaints, was the management not doing enough to tackle the suspect Norovirus with some families asking why is Butlins still open?
Steve From Boston who went to Butlins to spend time with his family from Manchester said he could not understand why the management had not closed the Skegness holiday camp to do a deep clean.
Butlins, despite the outbreak, has continued to stay open. The resort has not closed any facilities, including the pool and fairground. However, in response to the reports of sickness incidents, Butlins has introduced enhanced cleaning measures to further ensure the health and safety of their guests and staff.
The additional cleaning measures include assisted service in the buffet restaurants, more frequent cleaning throughout the resort, and the installation of sanitiser stations. These measures aim to minimize the risk of infection and maintain a clean and hygienic environment for all visitors
The overall feeling is why is Butlins still open. In2Town Today News has received lots of emails from families asking the same question as Steve. Mark from Liverpool, Jane from Lincoln, Trevor from Scunthorpe, Nicola from Rhyl, and Martin from Great Yarmouth have all asked the same question.
Butlins has acknowledged the reports of sickness incidents and has said they have implemented enhanced cleaning measures to tackle the outbreak. However, they have not made any announcement of closing the holiday camp to do a deep clean.
In a statement, Butlin’s said: “We have a small number of sickness incidents reported on the resort. In line with our strict hygiene and cleaning standards, to keep our guests and team healthy, we have introduced a few enhanced service measures to ensure everyone can enjoy their stay.”
The United Kingdom Health Security Agency (UKHSA) has confirmed it had been informed of a norovirus outbreak.
A spokeswoman said they were working “to respond to reports of illness and prevent further spread of infection”. They said anyone with diarrhoea or vomiting illness should self-isolate and not handle or prepare food for others until they had been symptom-free for at least 48 hours.
Guests have expressed their disappointment at the lack of prior warning or visible signs indicating the presence of an outbreak. Some have reported that the severity of the illness was not fully apparent until they arrived at the resort.
The outbreak has underscored the importance of effective communication and transparency in managing such situations, as it allows guests to make informed decisions about their travel plans.
The UKHSA has said the exact cause of the illness has not been confirmed at this stage. It is important to note that the investigation does not indicate food as a source of the outbreak. The focus remains on understanding the extent of the outbreak and implementing effective measures to contain it.