Booking policy as we come out of Covid – 19 lock down.
I realise how important it is to everyone to get back to a semblance of normal life in 2021, but we all want to do this as safely as possible.
The Welsh Government are responsible for setting the regulations for Wales and have chosen to not publish a road map for exiting lock down, instead they have published a set of Alert Levels with associated restrictions.
The road map published by the English government in February 2021 is a road map for taking England only out of lock down, they do not apply to Wales and particularly the planned ending of social distancing rules so frequently discussed in the press only applies to England.
Opening for guests.
The Welsh Government has a system of different regulations at one of 4 Alert levels. At Alert level 1 three households (can be 3 bubbles) can form 1 extended house and socialise together including sharing a self catering property.
“Near normal bookings”
I have been having many enquiries from groups of friends looking for a venue for a reunion or party. While the English Government had said they aim to lift all restrictions in June (now July) and the Scottish Government have announced that all restrictions will lift in August the Welsh Government have a more conservative program. They are continuing to assess the data and work on a 3 week cycle of making announcements on changes. – It is unlikely that that we will hear anything more on lifting restrictions until mid July.
The guidance published at present to allow more than one extended household to share accommodation is unworkable in practice in a bunkhouse. So for July and August I will only accept bookings from an extended household consisting of 3 bubbles.
The Welsh Government have announced that at present they are planning that no businesses will required to be closed due to Covid beyond the end of August. So I will accept bookings from groups of friends planning a reunion or party from the start of September.
The pricing structure for Gilfach Wen Barn is designed to be flexible during this period of variable restrictions on group sizes. There is one price for exclusive use for a group of 16 people which would be appropriate for a booking of an extended household, with the option of booking additional places if the households are large.
As soon as the implications of the spread of Covid-19 became clear in March 2020 I offered every group who had advance bookings the option of cancelling with a full refund or postponing their booking. I kept Gilfach Wen Barn closed for the rest of 2020 and will keep it closed until July 2021.
Many travel insurance policies now include cover if people have to cancel their holiday due to having tested positive for Covid themselves, or been instructed to self isolate because they or a member of their household/travel group have been in contact with someone who has tested positive. Therefore my normal cancellation policies will apply except if there are government regulations requiring the business to be closed.