Pots & Pans Cottage COVID19 Precautions

Pots & Pans Cottage COVID19 Precautions

(updated on 5th September 2020)

Throughout the COVID19 pandemic, we have taken a methodical, proactive, and risk-averse approach to the management of the cottage. We closed our doors two-weeks before the government enforced lock-down back in early March 2020 and we are keeping a close eye on government guidelines and rules. We are committed to ensuring the health and safety of our neighbours, cleaning team, and guests and are opening our bookings diary on a month by month basis.

Working alongside our cleaning team, we carried out a risk assessment and developed an enhanced cleaning protocol that consists of a rigorous set of cleaning standards and behaviours. The cleaning of the cottage is managed and maintained by Miss Squeaky Clean Ltd. The experienced cleaning team, led by Steph the owner of Miss Squeaky Clean, have undergone a comprehensive training programme developed by leading health and hospitality experts for these times of COVID19 and going forward into the ‘new normal’, whatever that may be.

We are committed to providing a safe, hygienic and sanitised environment for every guest that stays at Pots & Pans Cottage. This commitment includes:

  • Complying with local laws, including any additional safety or cleaning guidelines.
  • Thoroughly cleaning room-by-room using an extensive cleaning checklist.
  • Ensuring that all surfaces are cleaned using high-quality cleaning products that have been approved by health experts.
  • Ensuring that all high-touch surfaces such as door handles, countertops, keys etc. are sanitised
  • Washing towels and linens at a high heat setting.

We are committed to providing a safe and hygienic working environment for our cleaning team. This commitment includes:

  • They are regularly washing hands, especially on arrival and departure from a property.
  • They are wearing gloves and mask when necessary and ensuring their PPE is clean and changed regularly.
  • They are maintaining social distancing (2 meters) from all other people outside of their household
  • Ensuring premises (and the cottage) are vacated before cleaning.
  • They are complying with local laws regarding COVID19.

To provide the highest standards of hygiene and to protect our cleaning team and our neighbours, we ask all guests to commit to the following:

  • Please follow the most up to date government guidelines and maintain social distancing from people you do not live with or who are not in your support bubble.
  • Please remove your rubbish and recycling from the cottage at the end of your stay. The bins are next to the two stone sheds at the bottom of the paved slope and shared between all the houses.
  • Please ensure that our neighbours are not compromised due to your presence at the cottage, please respect their space and maintain social distancing at all times, and park in the designated parking spot.

Please do not come to stay at Pots & Pans Cottage if you or someone in your household or your support bubble is showing coronavirus symptoms. Please stay at home, self-isolate, and get tested.


The COVID19 Situation in the Area

Uppermill in Saddleworth falls within the boundaries of Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council, and any rules applied to Oldham, also apply to Saddleworth. Although the latest data shows the Saddleworth area has had very few coronavirus cases reported, the Oldham area saw a spike in the positivity rate of tests in early August. Additional restrictions were implemented on 22nd August and the number of new coronavirus cases in Oldham is now on a downward trend.

More details and the latest information can be found here: Government advice and guidance on holidaying in restricted areas can be found here.

The following rules apply to the to Oldham residents and anyone visiting the Oldham area.

You should not:

socialise with people you do not live with in indoor public venues – such as pubs, restaurants, cafes, shops, places of worship, community centres, leisure and entertainment venues, or visitor attractions.

You may attend these venues with people you live with (or are in a support bubble with) but should avoid interaction with others.

socialise with people you do not live with in other outdoor public venues such as parks

socialise with people you do not live with in  your home or garden

REMEMBER: the best way to stop the spread of the virus is to limit those who you have contact with.

Pots & Pans Cottage has committed to providing a safe environment for our guests, cleaning team and neighbours, we are also alert to the need to cancel or alter bookings at short notice due to changing circumstances or government guidelines. Our bookings terms and conditions have been updated to recognise these difficult times, and all guests will be offered the opportunity to rebook or receive a full refund in the event of cancellation without penalty, regardless of the notice period.

If you would like more information about our responsible approach to COVID19, our cancellation policy or any have any other questions about coming to stay at Pots & Pans Cottage, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

Wash your hands, wear a mask, stay safe! Thanks

Cliff – 5th September 2020