A short, sharp firebreak will be introduced across Wales to help regain control of coronavirus. This means that a series of restrictive measures will be in place from 6pm Friday 23 October until 12:01am Monday 9 November 2020.
All accommodation businesses are required to close for the duration of the firebreak. We have contacted the guests we had booked for the firebreak period and made arrangements to re-schedule their stays or refund.
We plan to re-open and welcome guests from Monday 9th November. There may still be restrictions on travel to and from Wales when we re-open; we will discuss this with our booked guests as and when announcements are made.
You can read more about the firebreak on the Welsh Government’s Coronavirus firebreak: frequently asked questions page.
The easing of the Covid-19 restrictions in Wales has progressed at a slower, more cautious rate than in England, but the Welsh Government has told us to prepare to re-open self catering accommodation from Saturday the 11th of July, subject to a final decision on Thursday the 9th of July.
We have been working hard to make sure that we are ready to reopen. Here are some of the steps we have taken:
- Carried out a risk assessment based on specific guidance for self catering accommodation.
- Adopted new cleaning protocols for deep cleaning between each let, including correct use of disinfecting products approved to EN14476, safe disposal of waste, and a minimum gap of 24 hours between lettings.
- Provided additional cleaning materials and hand sanitiser in each cottage.
- Moved to a contactless arrival and departure system.
- Updated our welcome guide and local information for guests.
We have applied for and been awarded the ‘We’re Good To Go’ COVID-19 industry standard and consumer mark to reassure our guests that we adhere to Government and public health guidance.
We have also committed to Airbnb’s enhanced cleaning protocol – a rigorous set of cleaning standards developed by Airbnb with leading health and hospitality experts for the times of COVID-19 and beyond.
We are now taking bookings for all of our cottages for arrivals from Saturday the 11th of July 2020.
We have reviewed relevant guidance from the UK government, Visit Wales and Powys County Council, and sought advice from our booking agencies and our insurers to determine our response to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Last night, the UK government published a document Guidance and advice to avoid non-essential travel in the UK for people planning to visit holiday premises during the pandemic, stating that “Essential travel does not include visits to second homes, camp sites, caravan parks or similar, whether for isolation purposes or holidays.”
In line with policy announcements from other members of our industry we have stopped taking new bookings for the period to Thursday 4th June 2020 and we are asking that any guest with a booking in one of our cottages due to arrive between now and Thursday 30th April 2020 defers their booking and moves it to a date later this year or to some time in 2021.
These dates may, of necessity, be extended, in which case we will make a further announcement.
We will contact all booked guests individually to discuss this decision in the next few days.
For Wye View Limited,
Adrian & Grace Ince.