The general principles for running a COVID-safe lodge will be familiar to everyone and include:
Before any booking can go ahead (even if already Confirmed fully paid for) it is necessary for the contact person on each booking to complete the Online Waiver of Liability for Clubs Without Resident Managers. The link to this Waiver will be emailed to the booking contacts email address in the week prior to the booking startdate.
- The process of signing the waiver also seeks to ensure you have all the vital information you will need to be prepared for your stay at the lodge.
- You are required to step through the entire procedure to succesfully sign the waiver. At the end of the process you and the booking officers will receive on emailed copy of what you have signed.
In addition to this online Waiver and Questionnaire, every person over the age of 18 is required to sign the a hard copy Waiver of Liability form which is to be handed to the COVID Safe Officer on arrival at the lodge. (Up to three people can sign on the one form).
Note that this preliminary preparation of the lodge for a 2020 possible winter opening was done in early May, prior to the COVID Safe sub-committee formation. The details of the Pygmy Possum Lodge COVID Safety Plan 2020
prevail over the information below.
Hand sanitisers are available in the following locations of the lodge:
- Both East and West side of the front door
- Downstairs toilets at the wash basin
- Beside the sign-on sheets near the games room
- Kitchen bench closest to the entry to the kitchen
- In the quiet lounges
Extra hand sanitiser boxes are in the foodstore under the community products bench.
70% Ethanol Spray Bottles are available for sanitising door knobs and light switches:
- Two on top of each bookshelf in the Lounge/Dining, "COVID SANITISER" label on the bookshelf where they are to sit. (for use in kitchen level bedrooms)
- A few in each of the Storerooms for the upstairs bedrooms.
- In each kitchen, under the sinks.
Refill for the Ethanol bottles is in the foodstore, up on a high shelf.
Please read the cleaning and washing up procedures notice as posted on the door of each sink cupboard in the lodge kitchens.
Draft Procedures Alternative 1.
- Every family group reserve their own plates, cups, glasses and cutlery for use during their stay, kept in their food cupboard.
Draft Procedures Alternative 2.
- have an intensive and organised cleaning after each meal session, with a couple of rostered teams doing a thorough cleaning of all crockery, cutlery, pots and utensils used that evening. (Doesn't deal with lunch and breakfast?)
In order to maintain 5 people in the kitchen at once as a maximum, implement a roster for the evening meal preparation. The actual structure of the roster would depend on the mix of groups in the lodge. Larger groups with shared catering would require a longer time slot etc.
- Two small groups (2 people max) doing food preparation/clean-up in the kitchen at once, one group on each side in the yellow and green highlight areas. These groups would have a fixed time slot.
- The space immediately adjacent to the entrance archway (opposite the fridges, blue highlight area) allocated as a single-user short-term use area. The existing kettle, microwave and stove to be used by people who will just be in and out, making drinks or monitoring their prepared food as it completes cooking in the oven or on the stove-top. This space cannot be used for food preparation. Groups may want to move a second microwave into this area as well. The community use tea, coffee and sugar could be moved to the bottom shelf of the spices cupboard to support this model - but these are an obvious vector for virus spread if an infected person handles the containers!
Some food preparation might need to be done on a dining table.
- The 4 dining tables to be further distanced apart by moving 2 of the lounges per wing into the games room.
- Allocate the groups to their own table (or part thereof if there are parties of only one or two people).
- Bedroom Cleaning Protocol has been modified. In summary:
- On departure clean the bedroom and bathroom as per the usual procedures
- On arrival disinfect commonly touched surfaces (door handles, light switches, room keys, shelf tops, toilet seats, flush buttons, taps) in the bedroom and bathroom wearing disposable gloves and using 70% alcohol and disposable cloths.
- Dispose of gloves and cleaning cloths in a leak-proof plastic bag that is tied shut and put out in the rubbish.