Officials with the Holiday Inn in downtown Johnstown announced that effective Sunday at noon, the hotel will temporarily close and suspend all operations.
Michael Barletta, president of Pasquerilla Enterprises, says that the closure is due to a lack of occupancy caused by COVID-19.
“With COVID-19 cases rising, citizens ordered to stay home and businesses ordered to close again, the travel industry has seen an unprecedented drop in occupancy rates. The economic impact is immeasurable. We have yet to bounce back from the original travel restrictions set in the spring and we are incredibly disappointed to close the hotel again.”
This is the second time this year that the pandemic forced the hotel to close, as it did so from April to June of this year.
All guests will be relocated to the Holiday Inn on Scalp Ave. in Richland, officials add.
All meetings and events scheduled at this time will be cancelled or postponed, officials note, however, the hotel will continue to take future bookings for meetings and events, as well as future reservations.
As for how long the hotel will remain closed, CEO of Pasquerilla Enterprises, Mark Pasquerilla, said, “We have a positive outlook for the latter half 2021. We look forward to welcoming guests back into our doors at that time.”