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 30 October.

A spokesperson said: "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."

"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 fulltime and part time capacity with the company at their site near Ballymahon, Co Longford will be returning to the pandemmic 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

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

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, for guests due to arrive on the following dates: 9 October, 12 October, 16 October, 19 October, 23 October and 26 October.

"As we're sure you appreciate, our Contact Centre team are working hard to process these changes as quickly as possible and we would ask you to wait for us to contact you, rather than calling us directly.

"We would like to thank you for your patience and understanding in these exceptional circumstances."