It’s been a rather lonely winter on Jura but we are ready to receive guests once more. We have been working hard to ensure our business is following government and industry COVID-19 guidelines and we have in place a process to maintain cleanliness and aid social distancing. We have also been discussing with our community how we re-open our tourist industry safely and hope that our guests are mindful that our community is vulnerable and has limited medical resources.
Protect the Isle of Jura from COVID-19
Do not travel if you are feeling ill or have any symptoms of COVID-19.
The Scottish Government is encouraging anyone planning to visit a Scottish Islands to test for coronavirus prior to travel. People should use rapid lateral flow kits to self-test three days before and on the day of departure
Please ensure you have booked transport before travelling.
When travelling practice physical distancing.
Wash your hands regularly & thoroughly.
Practice physical distancing when you are here; respecting & protecting those around you and our community.
Our Extra Cleaning & Hygiene Procedures
Cleaning to a high standard has always been an important aspect of ensuring our guests enjoy their surroundings, but currently it is critical that we take this very seriously. We are following protocols from the Association of Scotland’s Self-Caters; have carried out a risk assessment and are following a thorough cleaning checklist. These documents can be viewed at the property or emailed to you before your arrival. We will take extra care of high-touch surface areas and we will wash our linen and towels in accordance with the latest virus-control procedures. We will provide a sanitiser at the back door for guests to use each time the enter and exit the property. Anti-bacterial handwash will also be available at every sink and we will provide extra cleaning products for guests to use freely.
Additional Guest Responsibilities
We are asking our guests to carry out the following to help us clean the property safely.
On your final morning please:
Open at least one window in each room before you leave
Empty bins and recycling rubbish into main large bins outside and take glass to the Big Pier
Strip beds and place all linen and towels in wash baskets
Make sure all crockery, glasses, kitchen utensils etc are cleaned and put away
What happens if you develop COVID-19 Symptoms whist you are on Jura?
Current Scottish Government guidance states that:
Your should book a test online through NHS Inform or call 0800 028 2816 .
In accordance with Test and Protect, people with symptoms are required to self-isolate for at least 7 days, and everyone in their household should isolate for 14 days. If guests who are isolating can travel home safely to isolate, avoiding the use of public transport, they should do this.
If you are unable to travel home safely and the accommodation is available then you should isolate there. The guest would be liable for costs of an extended stay.
If it is not possible to remain in the accommodation for the duration of the isolation the person should discuss this with the NHS Test and Protect team. There is assistance available for those who may need help to isolate via the National Assistance Helpline on 0800 111 4000.
We would suggest that staying at Gealach Lan for your isolation would be the safest option if the cottage is available. However, if this is not possible, we will work with you and the NHS Test and Protect team to help you to find alternative isolation accommodation.
Living on an Island...
Booking your transport here may be the first problem you encounter, so please ensure you have a reservation before you travel. No need to book the Jura ferry, but Calmac are on a reduced capacity and space is at a premium! We are also asking guests to consider how they intend to eat for their duration of the trip. Our local community shop is amazing, but it is small and it will need plenty of notice if you are wanting a big order. Please see www.juracommunityshop.co.uk for further details. The hotel and Antlers tea room will be open from the 17th May 2021 but all tables for eating and drinking will need to be pre booked. And again, please be mindful our medical services are limited; we welcome thoughtful and considerate behaviour.
We thank all our guests for reading this and welcome them safely back to Jura.
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