Coronavirus Update

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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