COVID-19 Protocols at Stonecutters Lodge

 

The pandemic is the worst thing to have hit the planet for all of us and we are not sure when the danger of transmitting the virus will be over. The levels of the pandemic change from day to day and with that so do the regulations - we will try and update protocols as the information becomes available. At Level 3, we are only allowed to welcome Business Guests. The tourism industry thinks the govt will open accommodation to Leisure Guests by September – a long wait indeed for all of us.

 

Our mission is to keep guests and staff as safe as possible at Stonecutters

 

There are so many conflicting protocols out there – not a recognised standard. Our industry is diverse and this property is not a city hotel but a lodge with wide open spaces, so to self-isolate here is easy! However, read the following and rest assured we are keeping us all as safe as possible.

Here is what we can do:

  • We make sure your room is 100% clean, aired and has been vacant for 24 hours before and after your visit. We have always prided ourselves on excellent housekeeping standards but we have added another layer of sanitisation with a hospital level sanitiser. All high-level contact areas like handles and remotes are given a lot of attention.
  • We make sure our staff are trained on the virus, how to keep themselves and our guests safe. You won’t see their cheery faces under the mask or do any hand shaking but we bid you a warm welcome to Stonecutters nonetheless.
  • Our temperatures are taken daily on entry and exit, hand -washing is regular, masks are worn and social distancing is implemented when required.

Here is what you are required to do:

  • Wear a mask when entering the office. Sanitise your hands and have temperatures recorded.
  • If you have a temperature of 38+ you may NOT proceed to check-in but must leave the property immediately and head home if you arrived in your own vehicle. If you are sharing the trip with others, your entire party cannot check in if one of you have a temperature or are feeling rotten. We can sort out a voucher for a later date.
  • A track and trace form must be completed in full - no exceptions.
  • If you feel ill please don’t visit, for all our sakes – travel again when you are ok.

Changes to our operation

Should you require housekeeping service during your stay, please vacate the room, go for a walk, fly fish or climb the mountain whilst our staff with masks, gloves, aprons and shoe coverings sort the accommodation out. Should you elect not to have housekeeping during your stay we can still attend to cleaning outside braai/BBQ areas, cleaning dustbins and restocking firewood. There will be kindling and firelighters available for you to reset your fireplace where required. Both family houses do have dishwashers.

On checking out, please leave food that you do not want in the fridge and we will dispose of the left-overs safely. Return keys to the office and have your temperature taken. Bills can be settled online and we would prefer that cash is not used at this time.

Catering Options

We are offering breakfast at Stone Manor, indoors or outdoors, with the option of a breakfast basket sent to accommodation. For groups of more than 6 guests, dinner is available at the lodge. Regrettably, during this time, we are not offering dinner service at Stone Manor except for group bookings. To take the hassle out of self-catering if there are just 2 of you, we have a menu of room service dinners that may be ordered in advance of arrival – 24 hours’ notice.

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The Cat’s Whiskers Pub

The pub is closed but we are licenced to sell beverages to be enjoyed at your accommodation. Wine, beer, ciders and cold drinks. Alcohol cannot be sold at weekends (Friday, Saturday or Sunday) as per regulations – consider pre-ordering if yours is a weekend booking.

At Stonecutters we are far from crowds and towns so if you are self-catering there is very little risk of catching anything but fresh country air!

Please Note: COVID-19 has a long incubation period during which the carriers of the virus may not show symptoms of and may still be highly contagious. We will take every precaution to keep you safe at Stonecutters Lodge but there is always going to be a risk in traveling anywhere whilst the pandemic is with us. Please take heed of all recommendations especially if you have a pre-existing condition that could put you at greater risk. Stonecutters cannot take the risk for you - be careful and stay safe.

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