We hope your family, your friends and you are all well and in good health. The safety and health of all our staff and guests is paramount and we have signed up to the Travel and Tourism Industry Standard for COVID-19 Operations as issued by the Tourism Business Council of South Africa.
As of the 11th November 2020 we are open for all guests and we want to reassure you we are doing everything we can to provide the high standards you expect whilst adhering to government COVID-19 protocols.
South Africa has had one of the longest and strictest lockdowns that started on the 26th March, 10 days after a state of emergency was announced. There are been five phases of restrictions, from Level 5, which was the complete lockdown of the country, to Level 1, which heralds the re-opening of the country and economy once the threat of Covid-19 has been effectively contained.
COVID-19 Vaccines & South Africa
In his public announcement on the 11th November 2020 the president stated that the world had witnessed a game-changer in the world of science regarding the development of a vaccine. This was the first evidence that an effective vaccine against a coronavirus is possible. Preliminary data from the research suggests that it may be more than 90% effective. He said this changed our perspective of the future of the coronavirus pandemic, bringing new hope in the fight against this virus.
South Africa is collaborating with several multinational pharmaceutical companies to obtain a safe and effective vaccine and is contributing towards the availability of the vaccine in the rest of the continent. The country is working through the African Centres for Disease Control and Prevention to acquire and fund a vaccine for the African continent. It is estimated that Africa will need around $12 billion and 750 million doses of an effective vaccine.
It was confirmed on the 28th December 2020 that South Africa, being part of the global pooled vaccine initiative, COVAX, will be in the first group of registered countries to receive allocations in the second quarter of 2021. As of the 1st February 2021 the president confirmed the country had ordered over 40 million COVID-19 vaccinations, enough to inoculate 60-70% of the population, that is required to achieve herd immunity.
In the 10 days since South Africa launched the coronavirus vaccination programme (18-2-21), more than 67,000 health workers on the frontline have been vaccinated.
A new batch of 80,000 doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine arrived in the country on the 27th February, and there is a steady increase in the number of doses administered each day. All provinces have established vaccination sites and have put in place plans for the expansion of the programme as it gains momentum. The number of sites that will be available for vaccination will be expanded next week (1-3-21) from 17 sites to 49 sites. Of the 49 sites, 32 will be at public hospitals and 17 sites in private hospitals.
The government has recently signed an agreement with Johnson & Johnson to secure 11 million doses. Of these doses, 2.8 million doses will be delivered in the second quarter and the rest spread throughout the year. They have also secured 20 million doses from Pfizer, which will be delivered from the second quarter. Additionally, 12 million vaccine doses have now been secured from the COVAX facility and are in the process of finalising dose allocation from the African Union.
Check out our FAQ section for current Level 1 COVID-19 information.
De Waterkant Cottages & Apartments is fully open for all guests and unlike hotels, guest houses and B&B's we are in the unique position to be able to provide exclusive guest usage to large self-contained luxury properties.
All guests need to provide copies of I.D.'s or passports; this documentation needs to be sent in advance of check-in date. We are required to hold this information and if required onpass to government as valid proof to be able to accommodate you. Only named guests on the booking form, that have completed our COVID-19 screening and declaration form, are allowed to over-night in the property. We only allow a maximum of 2 day visitors and these must vacate the property before 12am/midnight in line with the current curfew. Overnight visitors will be charged as an extra guest and need to be registered, have had their temperature taken and complete our COVID declaration form. We appreciate your complete cooperation in this matter for the health and safety of everyone.
Please read our Rates Page which details specific details relating to Booking Conditions COVID-19 and Cancellation Policy COVID-19.
For international guests, who have already booked for the coming months and during any specific country travel restrictions, we are encouraging to consider postponing their trip rather than cancelling. Please read our additional updated COVID-19 cancellation terms on our rates page. Also during these uncertain times we have updated our booking proceedures and cancellation policies giving you peace of mind to book now, pay later and the flexiability to move your booking.
COVID-19 Guest & Staff Protocols
Due to the COVID-19 pandamic, the company is required by law to impliment strict protocols which include but are not limited to:
Screening of all guests on arrival has become necessary in accordance with the national state of disaster that was anounced by President Cyril Ramaphosa on the 15th March 2020.
- We are required to take all guest names, contacts details and copies of I.D.'s or passports emailed in advance
- All guests need to be wearing face masks when they come to reception
- One guest only is allowed at any time to enter our reception
- Only one staff member may be present behind the reception desk and guests waiting outside must observe social distancing
We do request for check-in's that the first person to enter to be the main guest named on your booking form. For bookings with more than one guest then the other guests are to please remain outside and wait your turn.
In order to prevent an infected person from checking in, all guests will be required to:
- Allow their temperature to be scanned with a thermal scanner
If a guest’s temperature falls within the normal range and/or they do not show any respiratory symptoms they will be required to then sanitise their hands and then to complete our COVID-19 declaration questionnaire.
If a guest’s temperature is high (actual temperature at screening should not exceed 37.5 degrees Celsius) and/or have symptoms of the virus they will not be allowed to check-in and we will referr you to a medical facility.
After the screening, normal check-in will happen with the main guest completing registration; to minimise hand contact we request you email us your SA I.D.s or passports ahead of arrival.
Please note during this crisis we will not be accepting cash, only Visa, Mastercards or pre-payment via EFT or 3DSecure payments, this again helps us to minimise hand contact. Our credit card machine will be santised after every use along with keys, paperwork, pens and passports or ID's, if photocopies are taken.
We do kindly request when accessing our reception you minimise what you touch which assists us in keeping the area clean and santised at all times.
Educating staff (ongoing) on what the virus is; ways in which it is transmitted; symptoms to look out for; and daily measures to prevent contamination and spread of viruses in personal, operational and guest spaces.
Staff hand sanitisers (alcohol based) have been rolled out in our working areas (back office, laundry and bathrooms).
Guest hand sanitisers (alcohol based) are placed in our reception with a notice encouraging regular use.
Personal hygiene is being reiterated, including the importance of washing hands frequently and thoroughly; avoiding touching eyes, nose and mouth; practicing respiratory hygiene (sneezing and coughing into a tissue that is safely discarded or the crook of the elbow), and avoiding touching one’s face.
Regular routine cleaning of reception area, counters, hand rails, door knobs, back office surfaces and front desk surfaces are wiped down on a regular routine throughout the day, with a polycide chemical (a disinfectant cleaner) that kills most viruses.
Protective wear such as protective gloves (and face masks as required) are issued to housekeeping and reception staff.
Avoiding close contact with anyone who is coughing, sneezing and feverish. Anyone showing symptoms of respiratory illness to alert reception and contact the NICD hotline; 0800 029 999 or the provisional hotline 021 928 4102.
Cleaning: Our staff will clean your property every 3-4 days weekdays, except weekends or public holidays. When cleaning, we do ask that you keep all personal affects stored in cupboards and drawers provided. Please do not leave personal items lying around on floors, beds or tables and counter tops; pack away personal toiletries. When our housekeeping team is cleaning we politely ask you to either vacant the property or leave the floor or rooms/outdoor areas they are working in.
Due to the additional time taken in cleaning no late check-outs will be allowed (check-out by 10am) and no early check-ins before 2pm.
When guests have checked out, properties are thoroughly cleaned and sanitised.
Laundry: Linen and towels are all washed on the hottest wash cycle with linen being ironed on a hot setting. Towels are tumble-dried until fully dry and hot enough to kill any potential viral matter.