Halsway Manor – Covid 19 guidance – IMPORTANT information, please read carefully.
We look forward to welcoming you back to Halsway Manor, but will of course be opening in very different times. We’re committed to doing our part and we need our guests to do their part too as we work together to focus on safety. Our policies and procedures are under continuous review and are subject to change as we monitor conditions and receive guidance from health and government authorities. Please re-check this page for changes prior to any visit.
We are pleased to have acquired Visit England’s “We’re Good To Go” Industry Standard mark which means that we have followed government and industry COVID-19 guidelines, have a Risk Assessment in place and a process to maintain cleanliness and aid social distancing.
We now have extra space for courses to run and will be discussing with each team how best to move forward. We will not be running high risk courses like dance for the foreseeable future and have reduced capacity on other courses.
All participants are required to have completed a lateral flow test within the 48 hours prior to arrival at Halsway. All of our staff are completing a test twice a week. This is to keep everyone safe and is very important. Please do not attend if you have not done this for the safety of all other participants and staff. Test kits are FREE and available to collect from test sites, from pharmacies in England, or to order online from www.gov.uk.
What is the cleaning regime?
Sanitisation stations are installed around the Halsway and house staff will follow a frequent pattern of surface cleaning, including all entrance doors, door handles and push points, light switches, staircase handrails, and water coolers. The dining room place settings (tables, place mats, chairbacks etc) are disinfected between each service. All visitors are asked to use their bathroom facilities in their room and not communal facilities if possible. Bedrooms will be thoroughly cleaned between visits and all linen washed at high temperature. Bedrooms will not be serviced whilst courses are running.
How do I check in to my course?
On arrival guests will be requested to stand in the designated reception area and read our guidance and information. They will be met by the person on reception behind a perspex screen and checked in with keys left in the door of their room. There will be no room servicing over a course period and if guests require anything they should go to the reception desk and ring the bell. Please DO NOT come into the back office area or kitchen under any circumstances.
Masks and distancing
All customer facing-staff will wear face masks. Customers are required to wear face masks when not seated to eat and drink. Masks should also be worn in workshop situations where 2m spacing is impossible ie. the ‘1m plus’ rule. There is signage up around the buildings reminding people to distance appropriately and at pinch points to remind people to be mindful of their surroundings. Please be respectful to other participants and staff and observe appropriate social distancing.
Hand washing, facilities and hygiene
There are hand washing facilities in all public toilets and in every bedroom; we encourage you to use the facilities in your own bedroom during your stay.
There is a one in and one out system in all shared toilets with a sign on the door to turn around when entering and exiting. While COVID-19 measures are in place, we will not normally require weekend guests to check out until 4pm on Sunday*, to enable you to continue to use your own facilities. *Exceptions will apply, but we will do our best to keep disruption to a minimum.
The toilets are checked hourly. Surfaces, door handles etc around the Manor are disinfected on an hourly basis. A signed record is kept in the dining room.
What’s going to happen at meal and break times?
Meals, and tea / coffee breaks, will be by table service in the Dining Room. Please wash your hands before and after meal and break times. The dining room place settings (tables, tablemats, chairbacks etc) are disinfected between each meal and break service. Should you wish to keep an allocated seat for your stay please ask at reception on arrival; this can be easily arranged.
Participants should only sit opposite their partner or person they are attending the course with. Staff will serve meals to the table wearing a face mask. Our usual etiquette of clearing plates between courses will not be observed, in order to reduce chance of cross contamination. Used crockery and cutlery will be cleared by house staff after guests have left the dining room. Until future notice condiments will be in packets. On arrival tea and coffee is available in your room.
Please DO NOT place more chairs in the bar, there will be extra seating available in the great hall, only 16 people are permitted in the bar at any one time. Please DO NOT approach the bar instead call out an order or raise your hand. Your order will be brought to you.
We ask that everyone runs a tab to be paid by card on departure, there will be no cash taken.
I feel unwell prior to my stay. What should I do?
Prior to your stay with us, should you feel unwell or develop symptoms of COVID-19, please do not travel to Halsway Manor.
I feel unwell during my stay. What should I do?
Should you feel unwell or develop symptoms of COVID-19 during your stay, you should self-isolate in your bedroom and contact our Duty Manager on 07843 966224. You should then call Public Health England immediately on 0300 303 8162 and follow their guidance. Put on a face mask and gloves if you have them.
When will I be notified whether my course will be going ahead or not?
We will notify all participants whether their course will run or be cancelled by email between 4-5 weeks before the start of their course. Please wait for us to contact you directly to confirm and avoid contacting us to enquire about courses later in the year. Our small team are currently dealing with a high volume of correspondence and decisions will be made on the viability of courses on a rolling weekly basis. Thank you for your patience and understanding.
We will refund fees paid for all events cancelled.
Test and trace
If possible please download and use NHS Test and Trace app.
If we are contacted by Test and Trace after you course we will share the required information in line with government policy.
If we have to cancel an event due to COVID-19 restrictions, we will offer you the choice of a full refund, or a transfer of your payment to another course at Halsway.
We will also offer you a full refund / transfer if you need to cancel your place due to COVID-19, for example if you are unable to travel due to restrictions, if you or a close contact tests positive for COVID-19, if you show symptoms, or have concerns about your safety.