Coronavirus Advice and Rule of 6 Information
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Advice
Covid-19 Update 9th September 2020
Here at Viney Holiday Properties Ltd we are constantly monitoring the situation regarding the Covid-19 virus and our owners are making sure that the properties are prepared for guests in line with the latest government guidelines. To find out more see our Visit England - 'Good To Go' Certificate information or PASC UK Self-catering COVID-19 Cleaning Guidelines.
We must however, all continue to take things very seriously and to do whatever we can to prevent the spread of coronavirus. We have listened to the advice being given by the government and we feel that we can all operate safely with suitable measures in place to ensure the health and wellbeing of staff and guests.
Very strict cleaning routines have been implemented at each and every one of our properties, and before opening to guests all property owners will have to complete a Visit England Accredited Online Certificate; this has been introduced to verify that all procedures have been put in place to make our industry a low risk one to guests.
As you know we have fantastic facilities like swimming pools, hot tubs, and children’s play equipment that are exclusive to our properties; they are not used by anyone else and so we are able to have these open and available for all bookings.
What is essential is that our property owners, their staff and all guests must remain alert; therefore if anyone in your party has symptoms of coronavirus or has been asked to self isolate they must not come with you to your accommodation. Likewise, if within 2 weeks of your departure from a Viney Holiday Properties Ltd property you develop any symptoms you must notify us as soon as possible.
If any of our properties have to be closed for any reason, including lockdown, then a full refund is given.
From 14th September it will be unlawful to gather in groups of more than 6 in England, unless your family or support bubble is larger than this. We will be contacting all up and coming bookings as quickly as possible, please be patient as this will be done in date order.
If you have any questions about your booking please email us on firstname.lastname@example.org with your booking Ref and Date of booking in the Subject header, this will help us to prioritise responses.
We are continuing to monitor government advice daily and will initiate any updates as soon as they become available. For the latest information on the virus please see the following trusted websites, which will contain the most current information.
Rule of 6 Explained
We’ve produced our guide Gatherings of 6 and Support Bubbles Explained to help straighten out any confusion around the latest restrictions introduced to help stop the spread of coronavirus. From Monday 14th September 2020 the law is that you cannot meet in groups of more than 6 indoors or outdoors. It’s supposed to be that simple, but of course, there are exceptions. We look to the official Gov.uk website for clarification and what they say is that as from 14th September any party of more than 6 people cannot have a holiday together unless they are from the same household or support bubble. In England that includes children of all ages, in Wales it doesn’t include children aged 11 years or younger.
Okay, so let’s look at that a bit closer:
From the same household
That’s straightforward - if you’re a family of more than 6 from one household, no problem, you can all go on holiday together just as you normally would. Bear in mind that in England that group of 6 includes the kids, in Wales it doesn’t.
Example – England: Two parents with 8 children (a total of 10 people) who all live in the same household can go on holiday together.
Example – Wales: Three families could holiday together if the entire party consisted of three couples with three or more children all younger than 11. (a total of 15+ people)
From the same support bubble
What does that mean exactly? Well, if you didn’t know already, a support bubble, as per gov.uk. is a support network between a household with only one adult in the home (known as a single-adult household) and one other household of any size. If you form a support bubble you can then think of it as one household, but here’s the thing – you shouldn’t really change who’s in your bubble.
That single adult thing, clarification please. Single people who live alone, obviously, or single parents with children who were under 18 years of age on 12 June 2020 count.
Example: A family of two parents and 4 children could form a support bubble with a single parent with 4 children, making a support bubble of 11.
What if you share custody of children? You can form a support bubble with another household other than the one that includes your child’s other parent. So, imagine this scenario – you’re a single adult with three children and your ex partner and you share custody of them. That’s fine, the children can still see both parents and spend time at their different households, and you (and your kids) can still form a support bubble with another family – so for example, you might buddy up with your sister’s family who could be two parents and four children. So, that’s 6 from their family and 4 from yours, 10 of you who can all go on holiday together.
What if you want to change your support bubble? The government advice is to avoid close contact with your existing bubble or other people for 14 days before forming your new bubble. Be aware that if someone in your bubble develops symptoms or tests positive you all have to follow the stay at home guidance
Now the other confusing thing is that Gov.uk say when meeting with groups of people you do not live with you can socialise in groups of up to 6. You should maintain social distancing with people you don’t live with. PASC’s (The Professional Association of Self Caterers) interpretation of this is that the group of 6 could come from as many as 6 different households but if they do, they should socially distance whilst on holiday.
Be aware that If you’re travelling from abroad certain rules and restrictions may apply so we advise that you check this before you book. We also advise that you take out travel insurance which covers you if your holiday is affected because you have to self isolate or if you test positive for coronavirus.
And very importantly, remember that the safety and well being of our guests is our priority, so our big group accommodation carries the Visit England Good To Go mark which means each property is subject to very strict hygiene procedures and is considered low risk. Please do your bit too.