Covid-19 Update 29th September 2020

The Covid-19 pandemic imposes considerable difficulties on our guests and upon us as business owners. We are constantly monitoring the government's rapidly evolving guidelines and legislation and act accordingly. For the latest information, please see the following trusted websites, which will contain the most current information.

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus

https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019

Our concern is always to ensure that we are properly acting within the law and that Jurston Barn is safe to operate. On that basis, we are fully compliant with government and industry guidelines designed to ensure the health and well being of both staff and guests. Very strict cleaning routines have been implemented at the Barn, and we have completed a Visit England Accredited Online Certificate. To see the latest guidelines, see our Visit England - 'Good To Go' Certificate information or PASC UK Self-catering COVID-19 Cleaning Guidelines.

We consider that through the effective implementation of these measures, we have underscored the fact that self-catering accommodation is a low risk service provider, both generally and within the hospitality sector.  

In terms of new law, the recent renewal of lockdown restrictions by the government does not include the mandatory closure of holiday lets, as it did from March to July. We therefore remain open for business, subject to all of the above-mentioned health and safety guidelines. As there is no obvious ‘frustration’ of contract, which was the case when holiday lets were required to close, this means that we are not required to refund bookings. However, should Jurston Barn be subject to mandatory closure in the future, then a full refund would be given where requested. 

For our customers, however, the government’s new 'Rule of Six’ evidently does generate significant difficulties, which requires us to deal with each booking on a case by case basis. Our response is to ensure that our customers’ needs are served as well as possible during these trying times is to do our utmost to find a suitable and reasonable solution whenever a customer decides they are unable to fulfil a booking.

For information, we have included a link to the CMA guidance to show that we are closely aligned with them on when full refunds are due, as well as the requirement to act fairly and reasonably with our customers on a case by case basis.

 

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