Coronavirus Update

From 7th August 2021:

At Alert Level Zero, from 7 August 2021, there are no legal limits on the number of people who can meet, including in private homes, public places or at events. In addition all businesses and premises may be open.

However, we have not yet reached a position where we can remove all protections and – in line with the latest scientific and public health advice – we are keeping some key rules in place in law. In these respects collective responsibility is needed rather than personal choice.

  1. Businesses, employers and other organisations must continue to undertake a specific coronavirus risk assessment and take reasonable measures to minimise exposure to, and the spread of, coronavirus.
  2. Everyone must continue to self-isolate for 10 days if they test positive for COVID-19.  If you are a close contact of someone who has tested positive and you are aged 18 or over and not fully vaccinated, you must also self-isolate for 10 days. 
  3. Adults and children over 12 must continue to wear face-coverings  in indoor public places, with the exception of hospitality settings such as restaurants, pubs, cafes or nightclubs.

From 17 July 2021:

The Welsh First Minister today confirmed that Wales will move to Alert Level One from 17th July.

This means that:

  • Up to six people can meet indoors in private homes and holiday accommodation.
  • Organised indoor events can take place for up to 1,000 seated and up to 200 standing.
  • Limits on the numbers of people who can meet in public places or at events will be removed
  • Outdoor premises and events will also have greater flexibility around physical distancing.

From 7 August 2021:

Subject to confirmation, Wales to Level ZERO on 7 August.

The Welsh Government also published an updated Coronavirus Control Plan for Alert Level Zero which should come into effect on 7th August 2021. The key features of Alert Level Zero are below:

  • There will be no legal limits on the number of people who can meet others, including in private homes, public places or at events.
  • All businesses and premises will be able to reopen.

**FACE MASKS REMAIN A REQUIREMENT IN ALL INDOOR SETTINGS IN WALES EXCEPT HOSPITALITY**

23rd April 2021:

Welsh Government have announced that six people will be able to meet outdoors in Wales from Saturday 24 April 2021 while outdoor hospitality will be allowed to reopen from Monday 26 April 2021.

On Monday 26 April 2021:    

  • Outdoor attractions, including funfairs and theme parks, will reopen. 
  • Outdoor hospitality can resume, including at cafes, pubs and restaurants. Indoor hospitality will remain closed except for takeaways.
  • Organised outdoor activities for up to 30 people can again take place (previously Monday 3 May).
  • Weddings receptions can take place outdoors for up to 30 people (previously Monday 3 May)

Further changes to the coronavirus restrictions have been announced by the First Minister Mark Drakeford:

Changes from Monday 3 May:

  •  Gyms, leisure centres and fitness facilities being able to reopen
  •  People will also again be able to form extended households with one other household.
  •  Relaxations planned for 17 May will be brought forward to the 3 May, including:
  •  The resumption of indoor supervised activities for children
  •  Indoor organised activities for up to 15 adults (such as exercise classes and swimming lessons)
  •  And the re-opening of community centres.

26th March 2021:

From Saturday 27th March -

Self-contained holiday accommodation, including hotels with en-suite facilities and room service, will be able to reopen to people from the same household or support bubble.

The stay local rule will be replaced by an interim all-Wales travel area, which will remain in place until April 12, subject to the public health situation. For the next two weeks, only those with a reasonable excuse, such as work, will be able to travel into or out of Wales. 

The current restrictions on international travel for holidays will remain in place.

**We are re opening on Friday 2nd April for our Barn and Mega Pods. Sadly our caravans will not be re opening until later as we are in the process of replacing Arfryn for a more up to date model. Details will be on the website as soon as it is on site.

12th March 2021:

Following the review from the Welsh Government today we have been given the provisional opening date of 27th March, however this will be to Wales residents only and those guests must follow the single household rule. We would ask guests to be honest when booking and ensure they are fully aware of the regulations in Wales. As yet there is no date for restaurants and pubs to reopen and non essential shops will remain closed until April 12th. 

The full list of regulation changes can be found on wales.gov website. Below is a small exert:

From Saturday 13 March:

  • No more than 4 people from 2 households will be able to meet in their local area outdoors, including in gardens. Children under 11 and carers do not count towards this limit. There must be no indoors mixing and social distancing should be followed.
  • Outdoor sports facilities can reopen, including tennis courts, golf courses and bowling greens. A maximum of 4 people from 2 households can take part in activities using local sports facilities.
  • Indoor care home visits can resume for one designated visitor, with the permission of the care home.

From Monday 15 March:

  • All primary pupils and those in qualifications years will return. Schools will have the flexibility to bring in year 10 and 12 pupils, to support them to progress to the next stage of their learning, and more learners will return to colleges. There will also be flexibility for in-school check-ins for all other pupils. All learners will return after the Easter break.
  • Hairdressers and barbers can reopen by appointment only to cut hair.

From Monday 22 March:

  • The first steps to re-open non-essential retail will begin. Restrictions on the sale of non-essential items will be lifted for those shops, which are currently open.
  • Garden centres will also reopen.

An additional £150 million will be available to support businesses to the end of March, which are not yet able to open.

The extra funding will see businesses in the hospitality, tourism, leisure and non-essential retail sectors that pay non-domestic rates qualify for an additional payment of up to £5,000.

During the third week of the review period, we will take stock of the latest evidence before confirming changes for the Easter holidays. If the public health conditions continue to be favourable, from 27 March:

  • The stay local restrictions will be lifted to allow people to travel within Wales.
  • Self-contained holiday accommodation will re-open for one household.
  • Organised children’s activities outdoors will restart.
  • Libraries will reopen.

The review on 1st April will consider whether all remaining shops and close contact services can reopen on the 12th April. This is in line with planned re-opening in England.

19th February 2021:

We remain closed until the next  Welsh review on 12th March. 

Whilst we are able to take enquiries can we please remind guests that we follow the rules for Wales and not the rules for England. These rules can differ from each other and the most up to date advice can be checked on the Welsh Government website - Alert level 4: summary | GOV.WALES

29th January 2021:

Following the government briefing today we remain closed until 19th February 2021 when a further review is planned. 

We are still contactable for queries, questions and future bookings and continue to offer a "Book with Confidence" promise regarding Coronavirus

8th January 2021

In line with the announcement from the First Ministers briefing today, we continue to remain closed until  the next review on 29th January

20th December: Lockdown

We are currently closed again due to the Wales lockdown. We will contact any guest whose bookings may be affected but if you have any questions or concerns please email us: info@winllanfarm.co.uk 

Stay safe x

17th December: Christmas bubble reguslations

Between 23 and 27 December:

  • you can form an exclusive ‘Christmas bubble’ composed of no more than 2 households
  • you can only be in 1 Christmas bubble
  • you cannot change your Christmas bubble
  • you can travel anywhere within the UK for the purposes of meeting your Christmas bubble

To recognise the risks of loneliness and isolation, the Christmas bubble can be joined by a single person, a single parent household or the household of someone with caring responsibilities for that 5-day period. Please see section below on single adult households and people with caring responsibilities.

16th December:

Higher-level restrictions will come into force to control rapidly accelerating coronavirus rates across Wales, First Minister Mark Drakeford said today (16 December).

First published:
16 December 2020
Last updated:

The First Minister today confirmed the current conditions mean Wales has met the criteria in the new traffic light Coronavirus Control Plan to move to alert level 4.

The new restrictions will apply to all of Wales.

  • All non-essential retail, including close contact services and all leisure and fitness centres will close at the end of trading on Christmas Eve.
  • All hospitality premises will close from 6pm on Christmas Day.
  • Tighter restrictions on household mixing, staying-at-home, holiday accommodation and travel will apply from December 28, after the 5-day Christmas period.

The First Minister urged everyone who can to work from home, saying it is one of the most important contributions we can all make to controlling the spread of coronavirus and saving lives.

Mark Drakeford said:

We are seeing levels of coronavirus in some parts of the country that we haven’t experienced at any point before in this pandemic. This pandemic is putting our NHS under intense and sustained strain.

There are more than 2,100 people with coronavirus symptoms in our hospitals – equivalent to 5 general hospitals fully occupied by people with coronavirus.

This has been such a long and difficult year. We need to take this action to save lives and control the spread of this awful virus.

The 4 UK governments met today to confirm the common arrangements for the 5-day Christmas period. Joint advice will be published later today.

In Wales, the position will be that only 2 households should come together to form an exclusive Christmas bubble during that period.

The First Minister added:

A smaller Christmas is a safer Christmas and a shorter Christmas is a safer Christmas.

The fewer people we mix with in our homes, the less chance we have of catching or spreading the virus.

None of us wants to be ill this Christmas. And we don’t want to give coronavirus to our close family or friends.

The alert level 4 restrictions for household mixing, staying-at-home, holiday accommodation and travel will come into force after the 5-day Christmas period on December 28.

6th November:

Rules for Travel within Wales from 9th November 

(taken from the Governments FQA's page)

I live in Wales, can I go on holiday in Wales or the rest of the UK?

You are allowed to go on holiday within Wales if you live here, but not to enter Wales from elsewhere for that purpose. A holiday is not one of the permitted reasons to leave Wales under the Regulations, whether that is elsewhere in the UK or abroad.

If you have pre-booked – and paid for a holiday – we would advise you to contact the travel agent or travel company to discuss the current situation in Wales and the restrictions which have been put in place by the Welsh Government to restrict non-essential travel. You should also contact your travel insurer to discuss the situation – while many insurers have designed policies with coronavirus exclusion clauses, some annual policies may cover this situation.

Can I go on holiday abroad?

No. Travel abroad is only permitted for people with a reasonable excuse.

We know this will be disappointing but travelling out of Wales for a holiday is not one of the permitted reasons under the Regulations. The Regulations are in place to protect you and your loved ones from coronavirus and to prevent the onward spread of the virus to other areas of Wales, the UK and other countries.

If you have pre-booked – and paid for a holiday – we would advise you to contact the travel agent or travel company to discuss the current situation in Wales and the restrictions which have been put in place by the Welsh Government to restrict non-essential travel. You should also contact your travel insurer to discuss the situation – while many insurers have designed policies with coronavirus exclusion clauses, some annual policies may cover this situation.

What kind of accommodation is open in Wales?

All accommodation can now open, but measures must be in place to protect people from coronavirus.

Can hotel restaurants and bars now open?

Yes.

Who can I stay with in holiday accommodation such as hotels, tents, caravans or self-catering accommodation?

You will only be able to share holiday accommodation with the people you live with. This helps to reduce the risk of coronavirus being transmitted significantly, as sleeping in close proximity to other people carries a high risk of transmission due to the length of time you spend near each other. 

What attractions will be open and what will still be closed?

All visitor attractions are now able to open. Measures to protect visitors, including social and physical distancing measures will be in place.

Restaurants, cafes and pubs

How are cafes, restaurants, pubs and bars able to operate safely indoors?

Hospitality premises will be required to put the following measures in place:

  • premises should be providing table service only
  • all food and drink should be consumed at tables
  • physical distancing measures will be applied, such as tables being spaced out
  • limit to groups of up to 4 people (not including any children aged under 11 ) unless they are from a single household
  • face coverings must be worn other than when seated to eat or drink
  • you will be asked to give contact details for purposes of tracing people in the event of an outbreak being linked to the venue, and
  • there will be no live music and TV broadcasts will be kept at low volume

We are also in discussions with the sector about other measures that may need to be put in place.

Who can I go to cafes, restaurants, pubs or bars with?

You are allowed to go to these venues with people outside your household, as long as you maintain physical distancing from them and the size of the group does not exceed 4 people (not including any children aged under 11).

If all the people attending live together, the size of the group is not limited to 4.

However, as with all other venues, we are asking people to think about what is the most sensible thing for you to do to protect your family, friends and your community, rather than thinking primarily about what you are allowed to do. In particular, we ask you to

  • please try and be restrained in how many different people you see. It is better to see the same one or two people regularly than to see lots of different people occasionally
  • please maintain social distancing, including outdoors
  • please meet people outdoors rather than indoors where possible
  • avoid doing activities that might increase the risk of transmission (for example shouting to be heard over loud music, or singing in close proximity)

Do I need to wear a face covering in cafes, restaurants, pubs or bars?

Yes. Face coverings must be worn unless you are seated at a table (unless you have a reasonable excuse for not wearing one – please see our guidance on face coverings for details of those reasonable excuses).

3rd November:

The First Minister announced yesterday that all businesses forced to close during the Fire Break will be allowed to reopen on the 9th November. Therefore we expect to be able to take bookings again from that date. However please be aware we will be unable o accept bookings from any area still within lockdown or with current travel  restrictions in place.

We will be contacting our guests this week to advise if their booking is affected.

31st October:

Boris Johnston last night announced that England will go into lockdown from Thursday 5th November until Wednesday 2nd December 2020. Below is a statement from the Government website regarding travel for holidays. We will update the site with the rules in Wales post lockdown, once they are known.

Overnight stays and holidays away from primary residences will not be allowed- including holidays in the UK and abroad. This includes staying in a second home, if you own one, or staying with anyone you do not live with or are in a support bubble with. There are specific exceptions, for example if you need to stay away from home (including in a second home) for work purposes.           https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus

We will be contacting guests whose bookings are affected to advise of the options over the next few days. (If your booking was through a 3rd party - cottages.com or airbnb please contact them directly regarding your booking)

23rd October:

The Welsh First minister has announced a Fire break lockdown for Wales from 23rd October to 9th November 2020. This means we have been forced to close again.

We will be contacting guests whose bookings are affected to advise of the options over the next few days. (If your booking was through a 3rd party - cottages.com or airbnb please contact them directly regarding your booking)

14th October:

**The First Minister has tonight announced a possible travel ban into Wales from High Covid infected areas of Northern Ireland, Scotland and England. We are waiting on clarification on the area's in England that may be affected by this ban and will contact guests whose bookings may be affected asap**

Whilst our area is not affected by any additional lockdown restrictions and we are currently open as normal we are watching the developments closely and would ask anyone considering booking (or that has an existing booking) who live in areas that may have high incidences of infection to consider whether travelling is appropriate. We will as always be subject to Wales rules and regulations regarding Coronavirus do's and dont's.

2nd October: 

We are open as normal with no additional restrictions currently in the Ceredigion area.

We now have the QR code displayed on site in both the office window and on the notice board within the utility block so if you have downloaded the "track and trace app" you can scan your visit!

 

11th September: new rules in place from 14th!

First Minister Mark Drakeford has set out changes to the coronavirus regulations in Wales announcing that people in Wales must wear face masks in shops and other indoor public spaces from Monday 14 September 2020, but they would not be mandatory in workplaces.

Indoor meetings of more than six from an extended household will be illegal from Monday 14 September 2020.

The rule will not apply to children under 11 and up to 30 people from different homes can still meet outside.

The new restriction will apply in pubs and restaurants, as well as private homes.

For further information please visit the GOV.Wales website.

13th August:  We have now been open for a little while and so far so good!!! Check in times have been amended to 4pm check in and 10am check out. This gives us time to ensure all the extra cleaning is completed.

We now use a fogging machine once the property is cleaned to ensure all areas are disinfected. The machine sprays a fine mist of disinfectant which covers all the hard to clean areas like curtains, carpets and sofas.

We have a drop box system working in the utility block which helps us to track games, books and DVDs that have been borrowed. These are all sanitised prior to going back on the shelf.

Hand gels and antibacterial wash are provided in all properties and communal areas.

11th July: Update on regulations for bookings**taken from PASC website**

WALES UPDATE AND OPENING

Hot off the Press and less than twelve hours before arrival…
 

8th July: Happy to be able to display the VisitBritain 'We're Good to Go' Logo

                             

20th June 2020 - The Welsh government have given us a provisional date of 13th July to reopen and we are able to take bookings from this date. 

This date will be confirmed during subsequent briefings and in the meantime we are working with our local council and community to ensure we are ready and able to accept guests from this date. We will be offering the 'Book with confidence' promise for all new bookings.

We are currently looking at amending the arrival time from 3pm to 4pm to allow us that little extra time for cleaning and sanitising prior to new guest arrivals.

Some "nice to haves" will need to be removed such as dvd's and board games as these are not easy to clean. We are looking at alternative options such as a "touched box" where guests can deposit any touched item such as books, games etc that we can then remove from circulation for 72 hours to ensure they remain virus free.

We will be providing hand gel in all the communal touch point areas such as the utility block, dog paddock and refuge area.

The shower in the utility block will be for the moment for the use of the guests in Pod 2 only as every other property has use of a shower. 

The Summer House between the Pods may be closed or have restricted use depending on the numbers and groups of guests staying.

In the meantime, stay safe and we look forward to welcoming you all from July !!!!! 

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6th June 2020 - We remain closed until the end of the month but are hopeful the government will announce re-opening plans for July. Therefore we are accepting bookings but offering a "book with confidence" promise that if your booking is unable to go ahead due to lockdown and coronavirus restrictions we will transfer your date or offer a full refund on any monies paid. (this applies to new bookings only. For existing bookings we are contacting guests directly).

We remain in contact with the travel industry to ensure when we do open we are able to comply with all new regulations that may be put in place.

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We are currently closed due the Government lockdown and will remain so until lockdown is relaxed and we can start welcoming guests again.

In the meantime we are working hard here at Winllan Farm to ensure we will be ready to accept guests and will be able to ensure Social Distancing measures can be met and cleaning and sanitising standards comply with Government guidelines.

The beauty of Winllan Farm is that all properties have space around them so social distancing is easy to achieve.

We are installing sanitiser points in all properties and communal areas and ensuring all touch points will be cleaned with anti bacterial and anti viral cleaners. Floors will be steam cleaned and bedding etc washed at high temperatures. We will remove all communal 'niceties' such as board games, DVD's and books to help stop the spread of the virus. Our summer house will be restricted to use by our Pod guests only with regular cleaning undertaken inside.  

We have also been using this time to carry out maintenance on the properties where required so everything will be nice and fresh looking for when our guests can return!

We miss you all and are looking forward to welcoming you all back as soon as we are able.

In the meantime stay safe, and we will update this page with any important information regularly.

Take care all,

Claire and Andrea

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