Sea Ranch Abalone Bay Reopening Plan
Our reopening plan will depend on two factors. The first depends on the progress of construction. We anticipate our garage to be completed in the fall of 2020. The second will depend on an restrictions as a result of an increase in COVID-19 related cases.
We expect that Sonoma County will once again welcome visitors prior to the completion of our home’s renovation and the construction of our garage.
Whether sooner or later, we will be ready to offer our guests a vacation without worry.
Our Response to COVID-19
In order to reopen, businesses must commit to the meeting or exceeding the requirements of the Business Mitigation Practices put into place by the County of Sonoma to prevent the spread of COVID-19. With our W2-D Plans: Wait, Wash, Disinfect in place you can fully expect to receive exceptional service in a safe environment.
Our new standards-based plan is based on current research that not only works but also gives our guests a sense of peace while staying at our Sea Ranch Abalone Bay Vacation Rental. Our staff and I remain alert to current research and best practice, use products that meet or exceed industry standards and continue to work diligently to incorporate new products and practices within our W2-D Plan. We discuss this plan in greater detail below.
What to Know Before You Book
As you prepare your vacation plans we strongly advise you to purchase travel insurance at the time you book your reservation with us. We also recommend you fully understand our cancellation policy. If you have any questions be sure to contact us prior to confirming your booking.
Note that travel insurance is a contract between you the guest and the insurance company. We just provide you the ability to buy it as a convenience. We aren’t involved in making, receiving, or approving any claims, and the travel insurance won’t be sending us any money.
Two Types of Insurance
Our booking service offers the ability to purchase two different types of travel insurance through Rental Guardian:
- Traditional travel insurance. This fully reimburses the cost of the booking, if a covered event occurs that forces you to cancel the trip. These are things like being hospitalized. This can be purchased by citizens of almost any country.
- Cancel For Any Reason (CFAR) insurance. This is what it sounds like – it pays out if you cancel the trip for any reason at all, even one that isn’t covered. The catch is that it only pays out 60% of the costs if you don’t have a covered reason. At the moment, this can be purchased only by U.S. citizens.
The guest is given the option to choose which type they wish to purchase.
Note: As travel insurance policies typically exclude epidemics and pandemics, changes in plans or cancellations due to COVID-19 are unlikely to be covered under a travel insurance policy as COVID-19 is now a known event.
At this point, given our anticipated reopening in the fall of 2020, we do not expect to alter our previous cancellation policy. This policy may change as we get closer to our reopening date.
- For guests making new reservations for any future arrival date, including reservations with pre-paid rates, once we reopen our booking calendar, we will allow the reservation to be changed or canceled at no charge up to twenty-one (21) days prior to your arrival date.
- Reservations made for all holiday periods are subject to Forty-five (45) days if you need to cancel.
- Reservations canceled with advance notice meeting the Twenty One (21) and Forty-five (45 ) day cancellation requirement, will be refunded less a $30 processing fee.
- Cancelations received within Twenty one (21) days (Forty-five (45) days for all holiday periods) will result in full payment/forfeiture of reservation unless we are able to rebook the canceled reservation dates for Abalone Bay.
Please note that changes to the reservation will be subject to availability and any rate differences.
Our Response: W2-D Plan of Wait-Wash-Disinfect
As we welcome you back to The Sea Ranch our priority is to provide comfort, safety, and peace-of-mind during your stay at Abalone Bay. We assure you of our commitment to providing you with a safe and clean environment using our W2-D Plan of Wait, Wash, and Disinfect. These based on California’s COVID-19 Industry Guidance and VRMA’s SafeHome Guidelines are well above industry standards in our effort to defeat COVID-19.
Step 1 of W2-D: Wait
Recent CDC Guidelines indicate COVID-19 spreads mainly through close contact from person to person. Small viral particles can hang in the air for many hours. The currently available WHO information suggests that respiratory droplets can last up to 3 hours in the air.
It may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes. A study published in The New England Journal of Medicine found that the COVID-19 virus can survive up to three days on hard metal surfaces and plastic and up to 24 hours on cardboard.
However, surface contact is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads, but we are still learning more about this virus.
Therefore, our staff will wait at least 24 hours before entering Abalone Bay using appropriate personal protection equipment (PPE) to initiate cleaning protocols. The washing and cleaning of our home, as well as its disinfecting, will add at least another full work-day.
Step 2 of W2-D: Wash (and clean)
Our cleaning staff with appropriate PPE thoroughly washes and cleans all surfaces presumed touched by our guests, washes all linens and towels, and thoroughly cleans the entire house, and the property surrounding it. By washing away dirt, and impurities from surfaces during this cleaning period it lowers the numbers of germs and the risk of spreading infection.
- Wear masks when working together
- Wear disposable gloves to clean and disinfect.
- Clean surfaces using soap and water.
- Wash linens, robes, and towels according to the manufacturer’s instructions using the warmest appropriate water setting. They then completely dry our linen.
This process can take up to 4 hours.
Step 3 of W2-D: Disinfect
During this last step, our cleaning staff will sanitize all touchpoints within the house with hospital-grade disinfectants specifically designed as a germicide to kill viruses and bacteria, including the Coronavirus. Cleaning with soap and water reduces the number of germs, dirt, and impurities on the surface. Disinfecting kills germs on surfaces.
NOTE: While our disinfection process sanitizes our home by reducing the number of germs to a safe level by cleaning, it does not completely disinfect our home 100%.
High touch surfaces include:
- Countertops, faucets, sinks
- Tables, desks, bedside tables chairs, lamps, phones
- Doorknobs and handles for doors, shower, and toilet
- Remote controls for television and garage- disinfected and placed in sealed bags
- Switches for lights and ventilation fans (in summer)
- Handles and controls for range, dishwasher, refrigerator, microwave, washer, and dryer
- Soft surfaces including upholstered furniture, beds and bedding, towels, and shades.
This process can take up to 1 hour.
Products used will be appropriate for the various surfaces throughout the house. For example, our butcher block countertops will have a hydrogen peroxide-based cleaner to kill the virus. The method involves leaving the cleaner on the wooden surface for a good 10 minutes and following it up by wiping it off with a wet cloth. A dry cloth will dry the surface, completing the process.
Our Response: Minimizing Touchpoints
During our down-time, we are revisiting our amenities list and decor details to determine how we may minimize the various touchpoints that could be troublesome for our guests and time consuming for cleaning by our staff. This includes, among other items, removing extra pillows on beds and sofas, throw blankets, games, and puzzles. Plus we are replacing the kitchen faucet with a touchless unit.
Essential Kitchen Items Only
While we removed many of our specialty kitchen tools, pots and pans don’t worry they remain available to you upon request. When you book with us you will receive an “order list” of kitchen items that you will need to make that special holiday recipe on your vacation. This way you’ll have what you need without the health concerns.
Protecting You, Our Guests
Evidence has shown that creating physical distancing decreases the spread of COVID-19. As a mitigation measure we will minimize face-to-face interactions by the following:
- Provide information and guides via email, phone text, and a variety of communication applications
- Provide remote check-in services
Protecting our Staff
Steps we will take to protect our staff include:
- Working remotely to promote social distancing in the workplace, when feasible.
- Re-engineer/restructured operations to provide for six feet distancing- for example, cleaning staff will work in separate areas of our home
- Daily Monitoring of Employee Health Requirements including
- Verify the employee’s temperature is below 100.00 Fahrenheit before entry into the workplace.
- Each day upon entry into our home, we will verify that an employee is wearing an appropriate face covering
- Require our staff to conduct self-assessments for COVID-19 symptoms using the Sonoma County SoCoCOVID-19 Check
- Implement the use of personal protective equipment such as gloves, masks, and other protective measures deemed appropriate for the nature of the business operations
- Communicate and educate staff to carry out COVID-19 mitigation plans and protocols
- Make available to all employees hand sanitizer and other sanitation products for the frequent cleaning
- Provide training to employees on COVID-19 mitigation measures for customer-facing activities (e.g., cleaning and sanitizing standards, etc.)