Allow small b&b’s and self catering to open

I think small bed and breakfast should be allow to open and maintain social distancing. This would help rural areas generate some income safely. Likewise self catering properties should be allowed to open. We could place a restriction on the distance you can travel to get to these places.

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This would help generate some income in rural areas. I appreciate bars and restaurants would be closed but supermarkets or takeaways are good alternatives under the circumstances.

by IsabelB on May 09, 2020 at 03:41PM

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  • Posted by Annescotlass May 09, 2020 at 15:51

    Quite concerned about this idea although sympathise with businesses. If any type of holiday accommodation opens up, the message sent is ‘we are open, it’s safe to come’. Hotels/holiday accommodation of any size should be towards the end of lockdown transition.
  • Posted by Eladram May 09, 2020 at 16:04

    Bad idea, because it will encourage people to travel, thus potentially bringing the virus with them.
  • Posted by Easydoesit May 09, 2020 at 17:03

    Self-catering could be allowed if there was a deep-clean of accommodation between guests and the possibility of leaving the accommodation unoccupied for a period of time between guests e.g. 48 hours.
  • Posted by jennylloyd May 09, 2020 at 18:16

    Not a good idea. Social distancing would be virtually impossible in a small B and B and frequent deep cleaning of self catering properties would be impractical. How would the movement of visitors within a holiday location be restricted and monitored ? There is a tendency for people to feel that usual social norms don't apply when they're on holiday and visitors may not feel the same sense of responsibility towards a community that isn't their own. There is no logic in restricting travel distances. An infected person could be coming from just a few miles away . I am concerned that, if variations in easing restrictions are based on geographical criteria, there could be an influx of visitors from areas with relatively high rates of infection to areas with lower rates. This applies particularly to the islands, which are particularly vulnerable because of very limited medical facilities, and where a virus-free status is being achieved by the concerted efforts of the community.
  • Posted by Poppy May 09, 2020 at 19:42

    Not a good idea we need to stop people travelling to different parts of the country
  • Posted by JLMBD May 10, 2020 at 19:10

    Travel is a risk. Travelling to remote and currently COVID-19 free communities is an uncacceptable risk to vulnerable communities which are struggling to look after their own. One infected incomer could kill many of our loved ones. The shops, cafes and galleries are all shut bar the food shops and we don't want outsiders in those. There are no boat trips. Mountain Rescue have asked people not to go to the hills for leisure purposes. The coastguard has asked people not to go to sea for leisure purposes. You don't need a holiday and I don't want to have to live without my parents who live in a remote west Highland community. Stay away.
  • Posted by FINGLIS May 11, 2020 at 15:19

    Travel to supermarkets and fuel stations is currently permitted. Excercise and fresh air are being encouraged. Perhaps travel to self-catering accommodation, within a defined radius of a person's home could be a way forward here? This would reduce extensive nationwide travel but still allow a local staycation. Much self-catering accommodation will comfortably meet the requirements for social distancing. Deep cleaning and perhaps even a 24 hr gap between guests could be factored in? Self -catering accommodation should not be viewed in the same way as hotel accommodation. Guidance on cleaning protocols would be helpful. This is an area that careful consideration should be given to.
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