COVID-19 safety measures inside Grassmarket Studio (Webster's Land)
- The apartment is cleaned between lets using specific Covid-19 cleaning guidelines as developed by the Association of Scotland's Self-Caterers. (See Note 1 below)
- Tricia, the owner and cleaner of Grassmarket Studio - Webster's Land, has completed the Covid-19 Holiday Let Cleaning Course associated with the new cleaning guidelines. (See Note 2 below)
- Disinfection products used in the cleaning procedure between lets are certified EN14476 virucidals as recommended in the cleaning guidelines.
- Extra nights are "marked off" the booking calendar both before and after reservations to ensure plenty of additional time between lets for airing, cleaning and disinfection procedures.
- In the apartment there are checklists displayed in each room detailing the methods of cleaning and the date of completion.
- Many items in the apartment are rotated and quarantined between lets so the same items are not used by the next guests (including duvets, pillows, cushions, tourist information folder, hairdryer, etc.)
- Hand-sanitizer is placed ready for use when you enter the apartment. Cleaning & sanitising products are also available for guests to use during their stay if they wish.
If a guest develops symptoms during their stay
Scottish Government guidance for the Tourism and Hospitality sector relating to Covid-19 or other illness on the premises. (See Note 3 below)
Updated 30 July 2020:
In Scotland, in the event that a guest develops Covid-19 symptoms whilst staying away from home they should immediately book a test through NHS Inform or, if they can’t get online, by phoning 0800 028 2816.
People with symptoms are required to self-isolate for at least 10 days, and everyone in their household should isolate for 14 days.
If the test is negative, everyone can end isolation.
If the test is positive, everyone should continue to isolate, and the NHS Test and Protect team will be in touch to start contact tracing.
Those contacted through the Test and Protect programme will be required to self-isolate for at least 14 days.
If those who are required to isolate can travel home safely, without the use of public transport, they should do so.
If they are unable to do this, and the accommodation is the safest place, then they should isolate there. They would be liable for the costs of an extended stay.
After the required isolation period(s) guests can then return to their main place of residence.
If it is not possible to remain in the accommodation for the duration of the isolation period e.g. because the accommodation is booked for future guests, and they can’t find other accommodation themselves with support from friends or family, the person should discuss this with the NHS Test and Protect team.
There is assistance available for those who may need help to isolate via the National Assistance Helpline on 0800 111 4000. This helpline routes the person through to the local authority support team who, in discussion with the individual and the local health protection team, will help identify alternative isolation accommodation.
Notes and links
Note 1: ASSC cleaning guidelines
Cleaning Protocols for Self-Catering Properties and Short-Term Lets in the Context of Covid-19
Note 2: Specialist cleaning course
Covid-19 Holiday Let Cleaning Course
Note 3: Covid-19 guidance from the Scottish Government https://www.gov.scot/coronavirus-covid-19/
We're Good To Go scheme
The "Good To Go" mark has been developed by VisitScotland, VisitEngland, Visit Wales and Tourism Northern Ireland to reassure visitors and communities that a tourism business is following official Government and sectoral Health and Safety protocols regarding Covid-19. Assessors carry-out random spot-checks to ensure businesses are adhering to the recommended guidance.