Covid-19 Update

New arrangements from 1 August 2020

 
DUE TO THE SCOTTISH GOVERNMENT'S CURRENT RESTRICTIONS AND ARGYLL BACKPACKERS DOING OUR VERY BEST TO PROTECT YOU, US AND THE LOCAL RESIDENTS;                                  THE FOLLOWING ARRANGEMENTS WILL APPLY UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE:-

WE ARE PLANNING TO RE-OPEN FROM 1ST AUGUST WITH ALL BEDROOMS NOW BEING ENSUITE, EACH WILL ALSO INCLUDE TEA/COFFEE MAKING FACILITIES.  BOOKINGS ARE NOW BEING TAKEN, BUT ON A 'ROOM ONLY' BASIS...SORRY, BUT IT'LL BE  MORE MOTEL THAN HOSTEL FOR A WHILE.  ONLY IF 'SOLE USE' OF THE HOSTEL IS BOOKED, WILL THE 'COMMON-ROOM' AND SELF-CATERING KITCHEN BE MADE AVAILABLE (this will be updated as the situation changes).  TO HELP SAFEGUARD GUESTS (AND OURSELVES), THE FOLLOWING WILL APPLY:                                                    * ON ARRIVAL ALL GUESTS WILL BE CHECKED BY DIGITAL THERMOMETER.  IF THEY SHOW ANY SYMPTOMS, THEY AND THE REST OF THEIR PARTY MUST FOLLOW THE CURRENT GUIDELINES AND RETURN TO THEIR OWN HOME.  UNFORTUNATELY, NO REFUND WILL BE DUE.                        * HAND SANITISER MUST BE USED PRIOR TO ENTERING THE BUILDING...DISPOSABLE MASKS WILL BE AVAILABLE.                                                      * STAFF WILL CARRY OUT A VERY STRICK DAILY 'DEEP CLEANING' PROGRAMME ON INDOOR & OUTDOOR  'COMMON TOUCH AREAS'.  WHICH INCLUDE USE OF SOAP & WATER, STEAM CLEANER AND DISINFECTANT.                                                                                                                                * STAFF WILL NOT CARRY OUT ANY DAILY CLEANING OF OCCUPIED BEDROOMS (IE: ONLY DEEP-CLEAN AT CHANGE-OVERS).                                      * CLEANING PRODUCTS WILL BE AVAILABLE IN EACH ENSUITE FOR GUEST USE/FURTHER PEACE OF MIND.                                                                    * GUESTS WILL BE FULLY RESPONSIBLE FOR THEIR OWN PERSONAL HYGIENE, AS WELL AS CLEANING ANY HOSTEL PROPERTY USED.  ON CHECK-OUT PLEASE ENSURE ALL BEDDING IS STRIPPED/FOLDED AND RUBBISH BAGGED.                                                                                                  * ALL GUESTS MUST COMPLY WITH THE RECOMMENDED POLICIES OF SOCIAL DISTANCING, HAND WASHING/GEL, USE OF PAPER HANKIES, MASKS ETC, TO REDUCE THE RISK FOR EVERYONE AT THE HOSTEL, AS WELL AS WHEN VISITING ANY LOCAL SHOPS ETC.                                            * THE 'COMMON-ROOM' AND SELF-CATERING KITCHEN WILL ONLY BE AVAILABLE FOR 'SOLE USE' BOOKINGS...BUT...                                                    * TAKE-A-WAY EVENING MEALS CAN BE ORDERED LOCALLY AND EVEN COLLECTED FOR YOU BY PAM IF REQUIRED (by prior arrangement).              * BREAKFAST CAN BE HAD AT VARIOUS LOCAL CAFES, OR FROM THE LIMITED/BASIC SUPPLY SOLD IN THE HOSTEL (fruit juice, cereal bars etc).    * THE BBQ/FIRE-PIT & OUTSIDE SEATING AREAS WILL BE AVAILABLE...STRICT 'SOCIAL DISTANCING' ETC MUST BE FOLLOWED.                                  * IF A GUEST SHOWS ANY COVID-19 SYMPTOMS AFTER ARRIVAL, THEN THEY (AND THE REST OF THEIR PARTY) MUST FOLLOW THE SCOTTISH GOVERNMENT/WHO GUIDELINES, REQUEST A TEST LOCALLY AND IF A POSITVE RESULT THEY RETURN TO THEIR OWN HOME AS SOON AS POSSIBLE, (see Scottish Government guidelines detailed below). NO REFUND WILL BE DUE.                                                                                                * IF AFTER TESTING POSITIVE RETURNING HOME IS NOT POSSIBLE, ONLY THEN AND WHEN FEASABLE TO DO SO DUE TO OTHER BOOKINGS, WE MAY BE ABLE TO OFFER 14 NIGHTS 'SELF-ISOLATION CHARGED ACCOMMODATION'...BUT THIS CANNOT BE GUARANTEED.

SO, IN A NUTSHELL, WE AND THE FOLKS OF THE LOCAL AREA WILL AGAIN MAKE YOU MOST WELCOME...IF YOU HAVE FOLLOWED THE GOVERNMENT/WORLD HEALTH ORGANISATION GUIDELINES, ARE GENERALY HEALTHY, AND HAVE NO SYMPTOMS, THEN PLEASE CONTACT US FOR AVAILABILTY OFACCOMMODATION OPTIONS, DETAILS FOR CHECK-IN/OUT, AS WELL AS EATING IN/OUT OPTIONS.

N.B.  ANYBODY WHO HAS BEEN TO AN INFECTED AREA/COUNTRY, OR BEEN IN CONTACT WITH AN INFECTED PERSON DURING THE LAST 14 DAYS PRIOR TO ARRIVAL WITH US, WHETHER OR NOT THEY HAVE/SHOW HIGH TEMPERATURE COLD/FLU LIKE SYMPTOMS.... PLEASE STAY AT HOME!

Scottish Government Guidelines if COVID-19 on the premises. 

In the event that a guest develops 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.

In accordance with Test and Protect, people with symptoms are required to self-isolate for at least 7 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 guests who are isolating can travel home safely to isolate, avoiding the use of public transport, they should do this. 

In the event that this is not possible, the guest should discuss this with the NHS Test and Protect team. The guest may be signposted to the National Assistance Helpline on 0800 111 4000 if they need help to isolate and cannot arrange it themselves or through friends and family.

In some circumstances further discussion may be required with the local Health Protection Team and local authority to ensure that the person has suitable accommodation to isolate safely and effectively.

After the required period of self-isolation, guests and anyone else in their party who has been affected can then return to their main place of residence.


WE WILL RE-OPEN AS PER OUR PREFERRED 'NORMAL HOSTEL', WHENEVER OFFICIALLY ADVISED IT IS SAFE TO DO SO.  IN THE MEANTIME, WITH ALL OUR ABOVE EFFORTS AND YOUR CO-OPERATION, WE WANT TO AS SAFELY AS POSSIBLE, BE ABLE TO WELCOME NEW AND RETURNING GUESTS TO ENJOY THEIR TIME WITH US IN THIS BEAUTIFUL AREA.  
                   STAY SAFE AND WELL...WE WILL GET THROUGH THIS!!


 

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