Covid-19 – Kernock Protocols and Care Kits
We are delighted to be able to welcome guests back to Kernock holiday Cottages from 4th July.
However, the Government is only allowing accommodation businesses to re-open subject to certain conditions being met. We have been issued with protocols that outline new cleaning and safety requirements. These are to ensure your safety, and that of our staff, and our family. It will, however, mean that things are slightly different from usual, and we will be asking for your cooperation with a few things. You can see them here
As a result, we are very happy to say that we have been granted the Good to Go accreditation from VisitEngland, as well as the AA COVID Confident assessment scheme.
Cleaning will take extra time – we now have to “double clean” – first our usual high level cleaning, and then going over everything again with a virucidal sanitiser. We also have to rewash crockery (even clean stuff) between guests. We have invested in a fogging machine, which will ensure the soft furnishings etc are also disinfected (the agent we are using breaks down to water, oxygen and carbon, and is used in hospital theatres). This means that we need extra time for each changeover, so arrival and departure times will now be 5pm arrival (rather than 4pm), and 9.30 am departure (rather than the usual 10am). We understand it is inconvenient, but it is really important that you allow us this extra time to ensure your safety. Please help us by observing these times.
Septic Tank – Please DO NOT use bleach or anti-bacterial products in the sink, as they will upset the septic tank. The cleaning materials supplied are eco-friendly, and we have supplied you with antiseptic wipes for disinfecting surfaces without upsetting the water treatment system.
In addition to our usual welcome packs, guests will find our Covid-care packs in their cottage. They contain masks, disposable gloves, 80% alcohol hand sanitiser, anti-viral hand wipes, and disinfectant surface wipes. Everything you need for a trip to the supermarket, if you’ve forgotten to bring any with you. 😊
Please Strip your Beds before leaving – Not glamorous, on the last day of your holiday, we know. However, as 7/10 people who have had the antibody test did not have any symptoms, the Government is advising we have to assume that someone in your party COULD be carrying the virus. The main route for contracting the virus is airborne, and it is considered that removing bedding could make the virus airborne, which is why they advise asking guests to strip the beds themselves.
Please empty all bins (including bathroom bins) and put into the outside bins.
Please fill the dishwasher with a full load of crockery and cutlery and set it running before leaving (do not empty it). We are now required to re-wash everything between guests, so it would help hugely if you could put all plates, cutlery, cups etc in the dishwasher before leaving, not just your breakfast things.
Some things may be missing – to reduce the risk of touch contamination, we have been advised to remove as much as possible from the cottages. This means that decorative cushions and throws, ornaments, paper information leaflets, toys, games, etc have been kept to a minimum. We have also reduced the quantity of some kitchen equipment, as the requirement to rewash every item between guests (even if it is clean) would not be possible in the time with the usual quantities.
If you develop symptoms – we sincerely hope that you will have a happy and healthy holiday. However, should a member of your party develop symptoms, the Government advice is to return to your primary residence, and self-isolate there for a period of 7 days (14 days for the other group members). Please do let us know if you do develop symptoms, as the cleaning protocols for the cottages are different.
We hope that you will have a fabulous holiday. The “new normal” may be slightly different than what we are all used to, but it is great to be able to get away again, and if we all take responsibility for minimising risk, then hopefully we won’t get locked down again!