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Covid measures

To keep our guests safe we have introduced some new measures and operating procedures as identified via our Covid-19 risk assessment.

These measures include:

Transferring guests to premises
  • Wear latex gloves for picking up any bags
  • Open doors for guests
  • Ensure guests sit at back of vehicle where possible
  • Sanitise handles and seats before travelling
  • Ensure windows are open weather permitting
  • Guests carry own bags
Within premises
  • Heightened cleaning and disinfection to disinfect all frequently touched areas in communal areas such as tables, chairs, banister, light switches, bell-ring, etc
  • Contact to be kept to a minimum
  • Guest information to be laminated
Enquiries
  • Door-step requests for accommodation no longer accepted. Accommodation requests must be in advance and booked online or via the telephone.
Check-in
  • Owner to open doors
  • Sanitising gel offered on entry
  • Guests to enter the house with appropriate social distance and to go straight to their room
  • Keys to be sanitised and left in room door for guest to pick up themselves
  • Hand sanitiser and disposable tissues to be available throughout the premises
  • Poster information visible to encourage safe social distancing
  • Check-in and check-out to be staggered. Guests waiting may wait outside or in breakfast area to maintain social distance.
  • Display signage of social distancing
Breakfast provision
  • Breakfast may be served to the room at guest’s request and left at doorway on tray. Guests staying one night will leave tray in the room. Otherwise trays will be collected from the room or from the hallway before checkout time. Trays to be disinfected before and after each use. Hand Hygiene to be stringent.
  • All rooms undergo a deep clean
  • Re-design furniture placement to ensure guest groups
    – do not have to share tables and food containers
    – can be socially distanced from other guest groups
  • Keep tables two metres apart
  • Doors to be left open for ventilation
  • Breakfasts to be staggered and social distancing space provided between groups if staggering unsuitable
  • People to be left alone whilst eating
  • Each guest group to have its own cereals, juice, milk and condiments available
Guests movements in and out of premises
  • Make sure light is kept on so guest doesn’t have to use timed light switch
  • Display posters to remind guests about social distancing and washing hands
  • Sanitising gel to be kept at entrance to premises
  • Breakfast room to be closed unless specifically arranged for evening meal
Payment and check-out
  • All payments are to be in advance via BACS or PayPal
  • Guests carry their own bags to be stowed in hallway prior to departure
Suspected Covid cases
  • If a guest presents themselves with symptoms of COVID-19 or is asymptomatic but declares the need to self-isolate, they should be advised to self-isolate according to current government guidance.
  • Public health advice from the government: https://www.publichealth.hscni.net/news/covid-19-coronavirus
  • Hand washing: https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/healthy-body/best-way-to-wash-your-hands/
  • Social Distancing: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-on-social-distancing-and-for-vulnerable-people
  • If showing symptoms, they should self-isolate and request a test. If positive they should go home. If a guest cannot reasonably return home (for example because they are not well enough to travel or do not have the means to arrange transport), their circumstances will be discussed with an appropriate health care professional and, if necessary, the local authority. Guests should follow government guidance on dealing with possible or confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection.
  • If the guest shows acute symptoms has breathing difficulties or their life is at potential risk, seek medical help immediately
  • If the guest is unable to return home the room will not be made up or cleaned as per usual and individual cases will be looked at to minimise risk.
  • After guest departure the room will remain unoccupied for at least 72 hours before cleaning.
Enhanced sanitation
  • Heightened cleaning every 3 hours for
    – Kitchen surfaces
    – Handles and switches
    – Taps
  • After each breakfast group sitting for breakfast area surfaces, handles, furniture and switches