STANDARDS FOR OPERATIONS PROTOCOL IN COVID-19 ERA


- PURPOSE

- SCOPE

FRONT OF THE HOUSE

PRE-ARRIVAL

ENTRANCE

RECEPTION (CHECK-IN /OUT), CONCIERGE, GUEST SERVICES

ELEVATORS

GUEST ROOMS

PUBLIC AREAS (LOBBY, RESTROOMS, ETC.)

RESTAURANTS (ADD, BAR/LOUNGE)

IN-ROOM DINING

BEST PRACTICES - BACK OF THE HOUSE

OFFICES & WORKSTATIONS

DELIVERY AND RECEIPT OF GOODS

SERVICE ELEVATORS & SERVICE CORRIDORS

KITCHEN & STEWARDING

LAUNDRY & GUEST LAUNDRY SERVICE


PURPOSE

This document is designated to provide information on measures being taken by La Villa del Re about COVID-19.

The document outlines a minimum set of standards we are setting in terms of Safety & Sanitation to protect the wellbeing of our guests, business partners and colleagues alike during the prevailing COVID-19 era. This document was prepared based on evidence currently available about COVID-19.

SCOPE

This document is valid for La Villa del Re - Adults Only and our minimum expectations are being applied and maintained consistently until new guidelines from the World Health Organisation are published, and/or a vaccine is readily available in the market.

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FRONT OF THE HOUSE


PRE-ARRIVAL

Formalities: For our pre-booked guests, all check-in formalities will be completed online, where possible, in order to reduce contact and time at Reception.

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ENTRANCE

Temperature check: Guests who at the time of check-in have a fever of 37.5 C° or above will not be able to access the hotel.  Should a guest, while staying with us, have a temperature of 37.5 C° or above they will need to return immediately to their room and wait for the health authorities to intervene.

Hand disinfection: We encourage mandatory hand sanitation on arrival and will provide hand sanitiser.

Febrile guests: Guests running a temperature of more than 37°C will be politely directed to the closest hospital/medical facility; we have a designated quarantine area in the hotel in the event the guest cannot be transferred to a doctor/medical facility straight away.

Luggage Disinfection: We will seek approval from guests to disinfect exterior of guest luggage with medical-grade antimicrobial agent ensuring the luggage remains locked/sealed; we will exercise caution when handling luggage made of leather/delicate fabrics.

Provision of PPE to guest on arrival: We will provide masks where required by local health guidelines, should guests not already have their own.

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RECEPTION (CHECK-IN /OUT), CONCIERGE, GUEST SERVICES

PPE for Receptionists & Porters: colleagues will wear protective gear.

Social Distancing: We will place discreet, yet visible markings on the floor to maintain social distancing; Our colleagues will observe social distancing whilst checking in and rooming guests.

Hand disinfection: Touchless hand sanitiser stand will be readily available to guests; Hand sanitiser will be available to colleagues behind the Reception counter.

Hotel Sanitation Norms: Guidelines will be displayed at Reception/Guest Services.

Sanitising of Equipment: Frequently touched areas will be disinfected regularly e.g. telephones, payment terminals, pens, counter and Perspex shield.

Tochless Interactions: Touchless payment options and e-mail receipts will be encouraged; Payment terminals will be disinfected before and after each transaction.

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ELEVATORS

Social Distancing: Clear signage will be displayed to avoid overcrowding in elevators.

Sanitation: We will sanitise high-touch point areas e.g. entire elevator cabin, especially operating buttons, with medical-grade antimicrobial agent.

Hand disinfection: A touchless hand sanitiser stand will be available next to elevators.

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GUEST ROOMS

PPE for Room Attendants: All our room attendants will wear protective gear as required by local health guidelines.

Housekeeping Service: Our housekeeping service will continue twice daily and can be flexible on timings in order to minimize person-to-person exposure.

Bed Linen & Towels: Our linen will be handled with extreme care to prevent raising dust and potential contamination; Used linen will be washed at a minimum of 70°C for at least 25 mins to kill potential bacteria.

In-Room Sanitation: Frequently touched areas will be disinfected regularly e.g. telephone, remote control, door/window/wardrobe handles, toilet seat/flusher, faucets, shower controls, light switches, thermostat, hair dryer, minibar door, bottle opener, guest directory, in-room dining menu, safe, etc.
As already foreseen in our standards, we will use a fresh, clean set of microfibre cloths for each room to avoid cross-contamination.

Utensils: Dirty glassware, china and silverware will be removed from bedrooms and processed by our stewarding teams; Dirty items will be cleaned in efficient dishwashers operating at a rinse of 82°C.

Vacuum Cleaners: We will replace the dust bags every four days, regardless whether they are full or not.

Bins: We will disinfect bins with appropriate anti-microbial cleaning agent.

Ventilation: Each time a bedroom is serviced, we will ensure it is ventilated by opening window(s) - where applicable

Soft Furnishings: We will steam furnishings periodically

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PUBLIC AREAS (LOBBY, RESTROOMS, ETC.)

PPE for Public Area Attendants: Our colleagues will wear protective gear as required by local health guidelines; these guidelines will be enforced by management; our supervisors will monitor the proper use of PPE.

Hotel Sanitation Norms: We will display signage in public areas to remind our guests and visitors to observe social distancing, handwashing / hand-sanitising.

Social Distancing: We will rearrange furniture in such a way that it allows for proper social distancing.

Sanitation: We will sanitise all high-touch points e.g. telephones, phone chargers, chair arms, tables, handrails, door handles, toilet seat/flusher.

Restrooms: We will provide a disposable alternative to hand dryers e.g. paper towels along with pedal-operated lidded bin.

Soft Furnishings: Our soft furnishings will be steamed periodically.

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RESTAURANTS (ADD, BAR/LOUNGE)

PPE for Waiters & Hostesses: Our colleagues will wear protective gear as required by local health guidelines.

Hand disinfection: Mandatory hand sanitation will be enforced for our colleagues; Hand sanitiser will be readily available to colleagues at the Hostess stands and in the back of the house.

Social Distancing at Entrance: We will place discreet, yet visible markings on the floor to maintain social distancing.

Social Distancing Dining Room: We will reduce the number of tables to maintain social distancing norms; Seating for the tables will be reduced and some cases chairs will be placed to avoid diners facing each other. Tables will be appropriately set apart from each other. Servers will apply appropriate distancing.

Table Linen: Our linen will continue to be changed after each party has left and laundered as per our hygiene standards.

Placemats: Our placemats will be changed and disinfected after each party has left; Disposable paper napkins may be provided as an alternative; tabletops and chair arms will be disinfected regularly.

Service Style: We will exclusively provide 'A La Carte' service for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Salt & Pepper Cruets: We will remove salt & pepper cruets and any other condiments e.g. Tabasco, Ketchup, etc. 
but offer these as served by the waiting team.

Menus: We will replace our conventional menu folders with digital documents.

Food Safety/HACCP*: We will continue to observe the strictest good hygiene practices across all areas of the hotel. 
* Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point

Ventilation: We will ventilate all restaurant outlets after each meal period.

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IN-ROOM DINING

PPE for Waiters: Our waiters will wear protective gear as required by local health guidelines;

Menu: We may reduce existing menus to key staple items.

Delivery/Retrieval: We will minimize exposure in guest rooms as much as possible or offer guest contactless delivery by leaving tables/trays outside the room after knocking at the door and announcing delivery; All food items will be covered in transit.

Hand disinfection: Mandatory hand sanitation will be enforced pre-/post-delivery of an order.

Food Safety/HACCP: We will continue to observe the strictest good hygiene practices on items such as salt & pepper cruets, flower vase, hot boxes, trays, etc.

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BEST PRACTICES - BACK OF THE HOUSE


Temperature check: We will enforce mandatory temperature checks on colleagues before boarding the bus/van, where transport is provided; Colleagues running a temperature of more than 98.6° for 37° C, with/without symptoms will be sent home; Transport will be operated at 50% capacity only to ensure social distancing; Records to be kept; Status to be reported to Management; Strictly follow GDPR guidelines

COVID-19 symptoms: Any colleague suffering from sore throat, dry cough, shortness of breath, fatigue, vomiting and / or diarrhoea will be asked to return home and contact their local Public Health centre.

Hand sanitisation: Our colleagues will use hand sanitiser before and after clocking in to work.

Social distancing: Our colleagues will always be instructed not to engage in unnecessary conversations and apply social distancing regulations.

Personal Protective Equipment PPE: Colleagues will be given PPE as indicated by Company Policy and/or local health guidelines; Supervisors will monitor the proper use of PPE; PPE to be replaced and disinfected as required.

Changing of uniforms: Fresh uniforms (e.g. items that directly touch the skin such as shirt, blouse, or Chef's jackets/aprons) will be provided to all colleagues at onset of each shift

Worn uniforms: Worn colleague uniforms will be deposited to Laundry after the shift.

Cleaning of shoes: Outer shoes used inside hotel will be cleaned every day. Sole of shoes will be cleaned and disinfected with anti-microbial cleaning agent as colleagues enter building; Top of shoes will be polished.

Social distancing: We will stagger colleague shifts to enforce social distancing amongst colleagues and departments; 15-minute slots will prevent overcrowding in the locker rooms and rest rooms; All colleagues will comply with the 2m social distancing rules.

Hand washing & sanitisation: All our colleagues advised to enforce hand hygiene, coughing etiquette and respiratory hygiene; our locker rooms will be thoroughly disinfected every day during overnight shift.

Wash hand basins (WHB): WHB will be fully equipped with necessary utilities. Hot water, bactericidal liquid s towels. We will also ensure that all our bins are lidded pedal-operated and lined.

Alcohol hand-rub: Alcohol-rub will be affixed at strategic points.

Personal Hygiene Posters: We are displaying prominent signage, affixed in conspicuous areas including notice boards reminding colleagues to enforce strict cough etiquette, hand washing and hand sanitisation.

Outer clothing and personal belongings: These items will be kept inside colleague lockers.

Monitoring: Our colleague locker rooms will be regularly monitored to ensure that WHB are functional and equipped, alcohol hand-rub will be readily available, bins emptied, and overcrowding will be avoided especially at start and end shifts.

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OFFICES, WORKSTATIONS & MEETINGS

Alcohol hand-rub: We will ensure that alcohol-rub will be affixed at strategic points.

Social distancing: We will rearrange our offices to apply to social distancing regulations; Colleague workstations are where possible no longer facing each other. Where the rearranging of offices is not possible, we will assign 50% of colleagues to work from home, or other areas in the hotel, whilst the other 50% are in the office.

Working from Home: We will implement 'Working from Home', within reason, for colleagues in administrative roles whose physical presence on property is not essential.

Key high-touch points: Frequently touched surfaces will be disinfected regularly, e.g. tables and chairs, door handles, light switches, thermostats, telephones, keyboard, mice, hot water kettle, printer/copier/scanner, etc.

Meetings: We will move furniture and chairs to apply to social distancing regulations; alcohol hand-rub will be readily available; we will ensure proper ventilation e.g. open door / window if meeting lasts for more than 30 minutes; we will continue to disinfect table tops and chair arms after each meeting and during breaks where appropriate.

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DELIVERY AND RECEIPT OF GOODS

Goods Receiver: Our team will continue to observe excellent respiratory and hygiene standards as well as social distancing guidelines.

Receipt of goods: In line with HACCP standards, any food transported in dirty containers or dirty vehicles will be rejected and the delivery of loose food discouraged.

Alcohol hand-rub: We provide alcohol-sanitisers in our loading bay for colleague and supplier use.

Cleaning and sanitation: Our goods receiving area and loading bay will be cleaned and disinfected at regular intervals.

Cleaning of delivered goods and carts: Proper cleaning and disinfecting will be enforced before and after every delivery.

Quarantine items: We quarantine, and date code received food and food contact goods and store them appropriately in marked stores. Dry goods can be left for 47 - 72 hours before taking them into the stores.

Chilled and frozen items: All food packaging items will be sanitised using appropriate cleaning agents, before taken into refrigerators and/or freezers, where possible outer packaging to be removed on unloadin.

Suppliers: All our suppliers deliver as per scheduled times and are not allowed to unload their products at the same time; in order for distancing to the observed; our Suppliers and Drivers are not allowed to proceed beyond the demarcation line.

Waste collection: Our waste collection is scheduled in order that it does not coincide with during linen and food deliveries.

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SERVICE ELEVATORS & SERVICE CORRIDORS

Sanitation: Sanitise key high-touch points e.g. entire elevator cabin, especially operating buttons, with disinfecting wipes or disposable paper towels sprayed with Suma Bac D10

Social distancing: We will ensure that H&S instructions, including the number of colleagues allowed at one time, are placed inside each service elevator and are easily visible; Our service elevator floors will have markings with directions, so that colleagues do not face each other and maintain social distancing. Where possible, we will implement a one-way traffic in service corridors.

Hand disinfection: Hand sanitation is mandatory with help of touchless hand sanitiser dispenser, prominently displayed on all service floors and back of house areas.

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KITCHEN & STEWARDING

Sanitation: Our operational kitchens will continue to be sanitised at regular intervals as dictated by hotel cleaning schedules.

Social distancing: We will limit the number of colleagues to the minimum required; Our colleagues will be organised into teams to reduce interactions between individual colleagues. Workstations will be placed in such a way that colleagues are not facing each other and can maintain appropriate social distance.

PPE: All our colleagues wear disposable masks, gloves, hair nets and all other safety gear as dictated by HACCP based Policies and cleaning chemicals MSDS. All items will be sanitised, cleaned and replaced as per local policies.

Menu planning: Initially we will run limited menus for quality assurance.

Menu Revisions: We will review menus to include more options of cooked food rather than raw food. In some cases, we will avoid the use of prohibited items such as non-sanitized salad greens, raw meat proteins and unpasteurised cheeses.

Vegetable and fruit sanitisation: Unless prohibited by national legislation, we ensure proper cleaning of vegetables using approved sanitising agents.

Disinfection of food equipment, utensils and tools: We continue to clean and disinfect key high-touch points e.g. food equipment and food contact surfaces including chopping boards as dictated by the Company HACCP.

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LAUNDRY & GUEST LAUNDRY SERVICE

Social distancing: Our colleague workstations are being placed in such a way that colleagues can maintain appropriate social distances.

PPE: All our colleagues will wear disposable masks and gloves when processing soiled linen or guest laundry.

Delivery/Retrieval of Guest Items: We will minimize exposure in guest rooms as much as possible; all guest laundry items will be covered in transit. When retrieving/delivering guest items, colleagues will wear PPE in public areas as required by local health guidelines.

Washing Programs: We continue to operate washing programs for each type of linen, using Diversey cleaning and hygiene products.

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