Coronavirus (COVID-19) Company Update
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Company Update
During this extremely difficult time, the safety of our staff, suppliers, customers and property owners is of the highest importance to us.
We are understandably receiving an extremely high volume of phone calls and emails. Our team is working tirelessly to support our customers and owners with their queries.
I have an upcoming booking, am I still able to go?
Yes, the government is lifting travel restrictions from 04 July and we have contacted all guests who were due to arrive before this date.
What is open in the local area?
Outdoor activity providers, a selection of shops and restaurants are now open or are opening from 04 July. This, coupled with a fantastic selection of local delivery services and takeaways, means you will be sure to eat very well and won’t be short of things to do during your stay (not to mention a long list of things to do in the great outdoors). We recommend booking ahead as places are likely to be limited and also checking with each company their new operating procedures.
What we are doing to keep you safe during your stay?
We are working hard to put procedures in place to ensure the safety of our staff, service providers and guests and we would like to share this with you.
We are closely following government advice and are working with an independent health and safety consultant who has conducted an in-depth COVID-19 risk assessment for Latitude50.
Once guests check out and prior to cleaners entering the property, we will be carrying out a full misting procedure. This will include treatment of all rooms and their contents using a product called Rapid-10, proven to kill the Coronavirus. It is safe for children, dogs and is safe to use in food preparation areas.
We already ensure the properties within the portfolio are cleaned to the highest standard on every changeover, but all cleaners will be paying special attention to sanitising all touch points and thoroughly cleaning all glassware, crockery, and cutlery. Cleaners will be wearing protective clothing to include an apron, gloves, mask, and a face shield where necessary.
To allow time for the misting procedure as well as additional cleaning, we are slightly adjusting the check in time to 5.30pm and the check out time to 9.30am. We won't be able to offer earlier check-ins so please don’t enter the property before 5.30pm as we can’t guarantee it will be safe to do so. We are not charging guests for any of these additional services and we hope you understand that this adjustment is necessary given the current circumstances.
We already use a key safe entry system for all properties which limits face-to-face contact. Our property managers will be available on the phone to answer any queries and talk you through using facilities at the property such as hot tubs and swimming pools.
Property information will be emailed to you ahead of your stay instead of a copy being available in the property. This contains important information regarding the safety and general running of the property so please take the time to read through it and ensure you have access to it during your stay.
To reduce unnecessary touchpoints within the property, we will not be providing the advertised tea, coffee and milk. There are fantastic local companies providing home delivery services of local goodies including Fee’s Food, Fruut Box and The Pityme Inn.
There is currently no evidence that the COVID-19 virus can be spread through the water in swimming pools or hot tubs. Treatments of these swimming pools between guests (including disinfection with chlorine) should deactivate any traces of the virus in the water. Hot tubs are drained down, cleaned, sanitized and refilled between each set of guests.
Hand soap will be provided in all bathrooms. Washing hands with hot water and hand soap, as per the government advice, will kill the virus.
To limit contact, mid stay cleans for longer stays will not be going ahead. We will provide fresh linen which will be delivered to your door. Please leave the dirty linen in the bags provided, for the cleaners to collect.
Only in an emergency breakdown situation will a member of the property management team or service provider visit the property during occupancy. In such cases, you will be asked to ideally vacate the property for the duration of the visit. If you are unable to vacate the premises beforehand, we ask that you carry out the following procedures before they arrive:
- To leave all internal doors ajar as well as opening access points to the relevant appliance.
- To clean all relevant door handles and touch points.
- To open windows, where necessary, to create good ventilation.
- To maintain two metres social distance at all times.
- To remain in a separate room or outside when work is being carried out.
Prior to check out on your final day, we kindly ask you to help us with three things:
- Please strip and bag all linen, towels, tea towels and fabric oven gloves in the bags provided (or if there are no bags in a pile on the floor).
- If there is a dishwasher in the property, please fully load it with any safe, used crockery, cutlery and glassware, make up a load with clean items from the cupboards and turn this on before you leave as this will help the cleaner out (the cleaner will have to ensure that all safe crockery, cutlery and glassware items go through a cycle prior to the next guests’ arrival).
- The contents of fridge, domestic refuse bin, and any WC/bathroom waste bins should be emptied, double bagged and put in the refuse bin provided outside the property.
What you can do to keep yourself and others safe during your stay
Please be aware that items made available at the property such as boardgames, books and other such items where it is impossible to clean each page or piece, are to be used at your own risk.
If any of your party show COVID-19 symptoms prior to your holiday, they should remain at home and not travel to Cornwall along with anyone that they have come into contact within the holiday party.
If any of your party show COVID-19 symptoms during your stay, please inform Latitude50 as soon as possible. The current advice is that you should return to your primary residence where you will have the best care and support structure.
Bring hand sanitiser, face masks and gloves to use when you are out and about in the local area.
Follow any advice and rules provided at the property especially the check in and out times as well as the wider government advice regarding social distancing.
Please be sensitive to the concerns of local residents and follow any rules put in place by local businesses.
We are very much looking forward to welcoming you to the North Cornish coast for a well-deserved break and we will keep in touch as and when the government advice develops.
If you have any further questions, please get in touch on 01208 869090 or email@example.com.
Will I benefit from the government's recent 5% VAT reduction scheme?
Our properties are privately owned and the majority of property owners are not registered for VAT. Therefore, this VAT reduction will not affect the tariff of your holiday.
What are your current opening hours?
Both of our Rock offices are currently closed, and the team is working remotely from home (contactable on the usual channels). Our opening hours are currently Monday to Saturday, 9am to 5pm with extended hours to 6.30pm on changeover days.
Thank you for your patience and continued support during this difficult time.