Two more closures as Covid-19 effects ripple through the industry

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Another two operators have announced their closure as the effects of travel restrictions and cancellations bite across the country. Newton Abbot-based Abbot Coach Travel, founded in 1998, ceased trading in late August, citing the coronavirus pandemic coupled with the death of one of the directors earlier in the year as the reason. Eleven jobs are reported to have been lost.

In Gloucestershire, Rover European Travel has also closed after more than 70 years in business. “To all our wonderful passengers and friends. It is with the heaviest of hearts that we have made the very difficult decision to close the doors and cease trading,” owners David and Carol Hand said in a statement on social media. The statement made clear that the closure was due to the devastating effects of the coronavirus pandemic, and thanked staff for their loyalty and hard work as well as passengers for supporting the firm over the years.