Thinking of going self-catering in Scotland after Covid-19? The good news is that Scotland re-opens to tourists on July 15th 2020. This is great news for the tourism industry that has suffered a lot since Lockdown began in March.
There are two main sets of guidelines that have been issued by the Government for both self-catering accommodation providers and visitors.
Self-Catering Scotland Covid 19
Covid Rules – “We’re Good To Go”
“We’re Good To Go” is the official UK mark to signal that a tourism and hospitality business is following Government and industry COVID-19 guidelines, and has a process in place to maintain cleanliness and aid social distancing.
This is the new publicity campaign that you will see during this season.
Self-catering accommodation in Scotland will be putting these new measures in place and displaying the “We’re Good To Go Logo” for your reassurance.
Changes You Will See
Scotland relies on tourism and is keen to welcome visitors as soon as possible. So before you plan your trip, please familiarise yourself with the rules that will affect your stay. Scotland has some differences from the rest of the UK.
Here is a summary of self catering Scotland Covid rules:-
- Handover of keys should be socially distanced, with keys being disinfected
- The cleaning of self-catering establishments in Scotland between clients will follow handwashing rules and make a checklist of hand contact services to be cleaned
- Social distancing will remain at 2 metres
- Taking names, addresses and phone numbers of guests for contact tracing purposes
- Only small groups allowed in accommodation to maintain social distancing unless from the same household
- Adequate signage and markings
- Check water temperatures in shared showering facilities
- One-way systems in shared showering facilities
- Screens and barriers at reception areas and queuing markers
Know Before You Go
For tourists There is also a campaign “Know Before You Go” offering advice on steps to take before travelling or booking your holiday.
Responsibilities of Clients Staying in Self Catering Accommodation
- Keeping up to date with travel on public transport with Transport Scotland including face coverings
- Checking attractions are open as most may be operating a booking only system
- Social distancing in Scotland is still 2 metres
- Checking booking requirements
- Following the instructions provided by your host
- Do not travel or stay in accommodation if you have symptoms
- Taking your own food and drink
- Most attractions and businesses are not taking cash
- Carrying hand sanitiser with you
Caravans and Campsites what will change
- Closing indoor communal kitchens, where guests prepare their own food
- Other indoor communal areas where social distancing can’t be managed within current government guidelines will also remain shut
- Assigning one group of washing and showering facilities to one household group
- Where showers and toilets are shared, setting clear use and cleaning guidance so they are kept clean and clear of personal items and that social distancing is achieved as much as possible.
- Enhanced cleaning of all facilities regularly during the day and at the end of the day
- Introducing a system of staggered entry and booked time slots for using shower facilities.
- Making information available to guests on the increased risk of using these facilities.
- Increasing safe ventilation.
- Bar and dining area is only opened in a way compliant with UK government guidance on the hospitality sector.
- Indoor children’s play areas are closed, in line with wider Government guidance.
- Shared facilities like water points, waste points or washing up points are cleaned regularly.
Here is further information on guidance for accommodation, campsites and guests.
Dumfries and Galloway
If you are considering staying at Dumfries and Galloway this area still has restrictions on moving around, please consider this before you book your accommodation in Scotland.
Andrew & Caroline