Risk Assessments Cottages


Covid Pandemic Added Risk Assessment

Person to person contact during COVID-19 pandemic  (Host and guestIn addition to normal T&C, visitors must ensure that they comply with the additional Terms and Conditions, due to the Covid pandemic
Barn Cottage and Cider Cottage are completely self-contained, with individual walled gardens. The front access/driveway opens to a shared access.
For guests who are new to our cottages, they receive a correspondence, outlining the arrival procedure.
The key is left in the front porch (not locked) of the farmhouse, in an envelope.  Hand sanitiser is available at the door.
For visitors requiring information, being a rural farmhouse, there is plenty of outside space for social distancing.  (Nearest dwelling, our cottages, is 100 metres). 
Also, we phone guests after they have settled in, to check they have everything they need.
We do not change linen during the guest stay, unless for more than one week, in which case, they are provided with an extra pack of clean linen, to put on themselves.
We try to do all repairs in the winter, to keep cottages to a high standard.  Should there be a requirement (emergency) for a tradesperson, or ourselves, to enter the property during the stay, gloves and a face mask would be worn, and entry will be when the cottage is empty.
There are information sheets on the noticeboard, sealed in poly pockets, that provide all essential details.  Any other issues, visitors phone us.
Illness during and after stay
 Our Covid revised T&C requires:
1.      Anyone who has symptoms or has knowingly had contact with another person with the virus (or symptoms thereof) should contact us immediately and postpone their visit.
2.     Any guest who develops symptoms of the virus (suspected or actual) during their visit is to inform us immediately.
Cleaner / housekeeper not fit for work and infected with COVID-19Amanda and Jon Snook are directly involved in cleaning and preparation of the property.  We have good communications, with the two cleaners who assist us.
They agree to communicate, any signs at all, to us
Cleaning regimes not effective / fit for purposeWe have a revised cleaning schedule, based on the guidance. 
Document available.
Amanda and Jon Snook (the owners) are also directly involved in cleaning and are on site to check.
The QiT document, Safe, Clean & Legal™
Self Catering Guidelines including updated
COVID-19 Cleaning Protocols is used as a checklist.
Also the PASC cleaning checklist
Incorrect / ineffective cleaning materials used / Cleaning regimes not recordedSee cleaning regimes above
Dealing with a poorly guest or infectious outbreak  in your propertyIf a guest is unwell, ensure they have access to the NHS guidelines:
 Guidance given is:
Feeling breathless can be a sign of a more serious coronavirus infection.
If you feel breathless and it’s getting worse, get medical advice from the NHS 111 online coronavirus service.
We have new terms and conditions to deal with Covid.  This is on our website. 
If a guest had to be quarantined, in a cottage, the cottage would be left empty for a week and then given a deep clean.
Incorrectly laundered beddingWe have sufficient laundry so that there is at least a week before laundry is re-used. 
Laundry is washed at 40 degrees on a full wash (2 hours and 13 minutes), at least 3 days before being reused.
Changeover clean
Guests leave by 10.00
Guests open windows and strip bedding.
Cleaning starts at 11.00am
Cleaners confirm that they are fit to work, and PPE available.