The Center Parcs holiday village group has said it is committed to protecting its workforce of 1,000 people in County Longford - despite a decision to close the facility again today because of Covid 19 restrictions.

Center Parcs Longford Forest has cancelled hundreds of bookings until at least Friday, October 30. 

"We know that this will be disappointing news but given the advice for people to remain within their county, we do not feel it would be practical or appropriate to remain open" a spokesperson said, "the safety and wellbeing of our guests and staff is our absolute priority and we feel that this decision supports the government's guidelines."

It is not yet known if 1,000 people who work in a full-time and part-time capacity with the company at their site near Ballymahon in County Longford will be returning to the pandemic payment scheme at this point.

"We're still working through what this means for our 1,000 employees but we are committed to protecting their jobs" a spokesperson said

"Our villages in the UK remain open in line with UK government guidance" Centre Parcs said.

In an online message to customers the company said : "We will be in contact to move your holiday break to a different date or arrange a full refund as soon as we can."