We're Good to Go
The “We’re Good To Go” industry-standard mark is a scheme designed by VisitEngland in partnership with VisitScotland, Tourism Northern Ireland and Visit Wales to provide confidence for all sectors of the tourism industry and reassurance to our visitors that we have clear processes in place and are following industry and Government COVID-19 guidance on cleanliness and social distancing, including having a Covid-specific Risk Assessment in place.
Please be reassured that a full refund will be given if you need to cancel your stay for any of the following reasons:
- The need to self isolate because of developing Covid-19 symptoms
- The need to self isolate due to being identified via track and trace system
- Current Government restrictions in place preventing travel to The Boat House
You can read more about the measures we have put in place and our new protocols below.
Covid 19 – Our response, extra precautions and protocols.
In light of the Covid 19 pandemic, and in line with the guidance provided by the UK and Scottish Governments, we have made changes to some of the processes at our properties. This page contains guidance and advice as to what to do should you feel unwell and some small steps we would ask you to take both during your stay and at departure, to ensure your own safety as well as that of our staff.
Background to COVID-19
COVID-19 is a disease which is caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus, which can be passed via respiratory secretions (i.e. saliva) and faeces, and which can successfully live for up to 2 to 3 days on certain surfaces. COVID-19 is an “enveloped” virus, meaning that it is surrounded by a protective layer of fats and proteins.
COVID-19 can be transferred via hands from one surface to another. By touching a surface which has traces of COVID-19 on it, and then touching your face or eyes, you may become infected with COVID-19.
Soap and hand sanitiser are effective at denaturing the fats and proteins surrounding the virus, and therefore good ways to kill the virus.
Latest evidence published in The Lancet and The New England Journal of Medicine illustrates that information and knowledge is evolving all the time. Currently, it is thought that the virus can live on some common household surfaces for:
Surface Type Present No Longer Present
Air 2-3 hours
Paper and tissue 30 minutes 3 hours
Copper 4 hours 8 hours
Wood, cloth & cardboard 1 day 2 days
Glass 2 days 4 days
Plastic & stainless steel 4 days 7 days
Therefore, for all surfaces which are touched frequently, such as light switches, door handles, kitchen surfaces, and bathroom surfaces, our cleaners now follow a two-step process of a deep clean followed by a disinfectant stage. Our cleaners wear disposable gloves, shoe covers, aprons and masks, which are all changed between cleans. Our cleaners are also required to confirm and sign our new Covid-19 cleaning checklist at each clean.
Please note that due to the extra disinfectant stage, whereby a disinfectant mist is sprayed over all surfaces, you may notice a residue of droplets on shiny surfaces such as taps.
Our new cleaning protocols form part of a full risk assessment which we have updated following the latest government advice 06/07/2020, as directed by our professional trade body the ASSC, whose guidance informed relevant government advice.
As such, and for your safety, the following items are now rotated at each changeover and stored in the interim in a closed container (for a minimum of 72 hours and usually for a week):
- Guest information folder, all guest cleaning materials, shampoo, conditioner, body wash, lotion etc., cling film, kitchen foil, dish brush cleaner, dish bowl for sink, marigold washing up gloves
Olive Oil, herbs and spices, coffee pods and tea, salt and pepper
- Firelighters and newspaper for starting the stove, local area info leaflets
- Cushions and throws, board games and books
You will also notice that other items such as Oatmeal, Sugar, Flour, tissues, cotton wool, cotton buds will be replaced at each changeover.
At each changeover in addition to changing all linens and towels, robes etc the following are also replaced: duvet protectors, mattress protectors, pillow protectors.
In order to comply with social distancing rules, only essential maintenance will be undertaken during your stay. If you have an issue whilst at the property that you can rectify using the information provided, please call or text James or Amy on 07930 718344 and we will do my best to solve the issue over the phone.
How you can help us:
On returning to the Boat House each day, please ensure you wash your hands thoroughly. You will also find a spray under the kitchen sink designated EN14476 should you wish to sanitise anything.
We would be extremely grateful if, before departure, you could do the following to reduce any potential risk of transmission:
- Open all the windows in the property
- Remove all your waste from the property by disposing of it in the appropriate bins outside the shed. Please ensure that all waste for landfill is placed in a refuse bag which is tied closed.
- If you have used the first aid kit please it out on the kitchen table for us to rotate/sanitise.
If you feel unwell:
In the event that you develop symptoms whilst staying in The Boat House, you should immediately book a test through NHS Inform or, if you can’t get online, by phoning 0800 028 2816.
In accordance with Test and Protect, people with symptoms are required to self-isolate for at least 7 days, and everyone in their household should isolate for 14 days. If the test is negative, everyone can end isolation. If the test is positive, everyone should continue to isolate and the NHS Test and Protect team will start contact tracing. Those contacted through the Test and Protect programme will be required to self-isolate for at least 14 days.
If you can travel home safely to isolate, avoiding the use of public transport, you should do this.
In the event that this is not possible, you should discuss this with the NHS Test and Protect team.
You may be signposted to the National Assistance Helpline on 0800 111 4000 if you need help to isolate and cannot arrange it yourself or through friends and family.
In some circumstances further discussion may be required with the local Health Protection Team and local authority to ensure that you have suitable accommodation to isolate safely and effectively.
After the required period of self-isolation, you and your party can then return to your main place of residence.
For further guidance please see the Scottish Government advice on Covid 19: www.gov.scot/coronavirus-covid-19