The 277-bedroom Grand hotel in Scarborough, North Yorkshire, was closed last weekend after an outbreak of the airborne gastroenteritis virus Norwalk, which affected 160 guests and 31 staff.

It is the third time the hotel, owned by Brighton-based Grand Hotel Group, has been hit by the virus.

North Yorkshire Health Protection Service, which investigated the latest outbreak, said it was not a food-borne virus and was nothing to do with hygiene in the hotel. It was a virulent strain of bacteria usually introduced by someone coming into the hotel already infected.

General manager Wendy Hardaker said staff and contract cleaners cleaned the hotel using an antibacterial chemical. The cost of the clean-up operation and closure is not yet known.

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