Covid-19: Essential Information

Update: 19th July 2021  at 21:30 GMT

Coronavirus infections in the UK are surging again and hospitalisations are on the rise, driven by the spread of the Delta variant and the partial lifting of restrictions. Nearly all restrictions have been discarded in England, including mask-wearing and social distancing mandates.

There will inevitably be a mixed response to to this relaxation.  There will be many for whom this step is a long-awaited release yet the news will be met by some with a sense of trepidation.  This will be especially so with the many guests I host who are travelling to Oxford to attend one of the 6 hospitals that are within walking distance of the house.

I have therefore taken the decision not to relax any of the protocols put in place to mitigate the infection risks to both guests and my family.

Whilst it is no longer a legal obligation to wear face-coverings, for example, I still owe all guests a Duty of Care under UK Law.

There is much confusion in the Hospitality Trade at large as to the responsibilities we now have to guests and customers. Until I can better understand my responsibilities to you please rest assured that none of the protocols and processes put in place to minimise the risk of infection will change here at Sandfield Guest House.

Moreover, adherence to the protocols put in place here at Sandfield Guest House remain a condition of booking.  Guests refusing to adhere will be asked to leave and will forfeit the value of their stay.

There are 2 key requirements that I would like to highlight to all guests:

  • Unless there is a reasonable excuse not to wear a face-covering then doing so remains mandatory in all public areas.  If you believe that you have such a reasonable excuse it is essential that you advise Paul prior to arrival.
  • Social Distancing will be expected of all guests.  There is no reason not to maintain a 2 metre space between those in the house so why wouldn't we?

The over-arching changes to the rules and the new guidance can be found HERE.

The guidance for Hotels and other Guest Accommodation was updated yesterday and I am in the process of analysing the lengthy guidance.  Key updates will be highlighted here and a Risk Assessment will be published in due course.  Click HERE for the guidance itself.

Key Points:

  • There will be no restrictions on domestic travel, though people should continue to follow guidance on travelling safely. People are encouraged to walk or cycle rather than use public transport where possible. Private vehicles can be used, within the legal gathering limits.
  • Hotel and guest accommodation facilities are still strongly requested to keep a record of all visitors, customers and staff aged 16 or over who are on the premises, to support NHS Test and Trace.  I also display an official NHS QR code poster so that guests can ‘check in’ using this option as an alternative to providing their contact details.
  • Below you will find the process that will be followed if there is a confirmed case of Covid-19 on the premises and any implications for the guest, such as additional costs if their stay is extended. Unless otherwise provided for in the contractual terms of the booking, the guest will be expected to pay the costs of an extended stay in all but exceptional circumstances. Exceptional circumstances may include, but are not limited to, where the I have failed to follow government guidance to create a COVID-secure environment.

The updated conditions for National Travel that continue to apply and can be found HERE.

In short, you must not travel at all if you:

You must wear a face covering in all public areas on the premises (Hall, Stairs, Landing) unless you are exempt or have a reasonable excuse. This is the law. Read guidance on face coverings.

International Travellers

The UK Government has categorised Departure Countries as Red, Amber and Green.  You can find out which category your nation has been given and the rules by which you must abide HERE.

Please feel free to contact me directly if you have any questions or concerns.... I'll do my best to be of service.

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