‘Stay safe, protect others & save lives'
GUIDANCE FOR GUESTS REGARDING COVID-19
[updated 2nd July 2020]
COVID-19 is an infectious disease caused by a newly discovered coronavirus. It is an ongoing pandemic & most people infected with the COVID-19 virus will experience a mild to moderate respiratory illness & recover without requiring special treatment, but it is a potentially life-threatening condition. Older people, & those with underlying medical problems like cardiovascular disease, diabetes, chronic respiratory disease & cancer are more likely to develop a more serious illness. COVID-19 is primarily spread between people during close contact, most often via small droplets of the virus in the air discharged by coughing, sneezing & talking. The droplets usually fall to the ground or onto surfaces rather than travelling through the air over long distances. However, research as of June 2020, has shown that speech-generated droplets may remain airborne for tens of minutes. Less commonly, people may become infected by touching a contaminated surface & then touching their eyes, nose or mouth. The time from exposure to the onset of symptoms is typically around 5 days, but may range from 2-14 days. It is most contagious during the first 3 days after the onset of symptoms, although the spread is possible before symptoms appear, & from people who do not show symptoms.
The symptoms are similar to other illnesses that are much more common, such as a cold & flu, so do not necessarily mean you have the illness.
The rules in Scotland may be slightly different to those in the rest of the UK, but to help stop the spread of COVID-19 follow the government’s social distancing guidelines & hygiene recommendations when outside the cottage
There is currently no known vaccine or specific treatment for COVID-19.
Antibiotics do not help as they do not work against viruses.
Treatment aims to relieve the symptoms while your body fights the illness.
You will need to stay in isolation away from other people until you have recovered.
If you think you might have COVID-19 or have been in close contact with someone who has it then you must
Call 111 if you cannot get help online. DO NOT go to a GP surgery, hospital or pharmacy.
Please wash your hands or use the hand sanitiser upon arrival & leaving the cottage. Place all tissues, gloves & any discarded PPE equipment in a bin.
We re-opened for ‘business as usual’ on the 3rd July & can assure guests that we have taken various precautionary measures in line with government guidelines by implementing extra attention to hygiene procedures that include the following
’THE NEW NORMAL’
Over the past few weeks, we have been thinking ahead to brighter days, when the country starts to go back to semi-normality or what for now could be ‘The New Normal’. As the UK begins to relax the restrictions & conditions of the government lockdown, rules & guidance are under constant change & review. This is further complicated by the fact that Scotland has different easing measures to England, Wales & Northern Ireland.
Please ensure that you are familiar with the current recommendations at the time of travel, respect the guidelines in Scotland & in the local community on Skye.
Look out for regular updates via national or local media channels. More information about COVID-19 is available from various online sources
Scottish Government gov.scot/coronavirus-covid-19
World Health Organisation euro.who.int/en/health-topics/health-emergencies/coronavirus-covid-19
We hope that the information in this guide will reassure you that we are taking the necessary steps to reduce potential risks associated with COVID-19 so that you may remain safe & enjoy your stay.
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