Coming Out of Lockdown
Coronavirus arrangements at The Abbey (updated 17th May 2021)
The safety of the Abbey resident community and guests is our priority and we are doing all we can to make your stay with us as safe and enjoyable as possible.
We are opening for business in line with government guidelines as they develop.
Please refer back here or call us to check on any changes as you approach the date of your visit.
Vaccines, Testing and Symptoms
- Please do not attend if you develop any of the following symptoms in the week prior to your visit:
- a high temperature, a new continuous cough and a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste
- We ask you to take a Lateral Flow Test the day before your visit but do not require it. Lateral flow tests are freely available from local chemists and GP surgeries.
- We encourage Abbey guests and residents to be vaccinated but do not require it.
- Only a PCR test can rule out Covid if you have symptoms.
- In support of Abbey residents and your fellow guests, please respect the 2m distancing rule both indoors and outdoors.
- Guests can interact indoors in facilitated sessions, otherwise all other social interaction indoors must take place in groups of less than six people. If socially interacting outdoors there is a maximum limit of 30. Please observe social distancing both indoors and outdoors.
- Masks are required indoors in communal spaces.
- We are currently offering single-occupancy bedrooms; a maximum of 10 (9 in the Guesthouse with shared bathing facilities, 1 in the main house with en-suite)
- Shared bathrooms are provided with sanitising products for you to use. The Abbey will clean facilities during your stay.
- Please wash hands regularly; hand sanitiser is also widely available in both buildings.
Hygiene and Cleaning
- Both buildings will be deep cleaned between visits.
- We limit access to the Abbey by people not involved in bookings.
- We are carefully managing catering arrangements.
- Food is prepared by the Abbey following the appropriate guidelines.
- The dining space is arranged to allow for socially distanced seating.
- Guests can eat outside, weather permitting
What if the situation changes?
- We are constantly monitoring the situation: if necessary we will cancel the booking and offer a refund.
If either you or The Abbey need to cancel for Covid reasons we offer to either transfer your booking to a new date or refund your deposit. For cancellations other than for reasons COVID related our usual T&Cs of deposit not transferrable and non refundable will apply.
We are aware that the past year has been a difficult and stressful time for many and we look forward very much to welcoming you to the Abbey – ‘a place for rest and renewal’.
We received this lovely testimonial from our first visitors post lockdown
I held my first day yoga retreat post Covid at The Abbey today (30th May 2021) and it was an absolute delight! The Abbey community have perfectly adapted the venue to easily accommodate Covid safety with NHS QR codes, plentiful antibac, signs reminding people to socially distance, replacing fabric hand towels with paper ones and laying tables for lunch with appropriate spacing. It felt such a novelty to come together as a group in such a beautiful setting and we were made to feel very welcome and relaxed. The Abbey is such a special place, I highly recommend anyone looking for a venue to use this beautiful place, not only to enjoy it’s peaceful ambiance, but also to support the wonderful spiritual community looking after it. I very much look forward to coming back again soon!
Government Guidance and support
Gathering in larger groups
Businesses and venues following COVID-19 secure guidelines can host larger groups. This is also the case for events in public outdoor spaces that are organised by businesses, charitable or political organisations, and public bodies, provided they take reasonable steps to mitigate the risk of transmission, in line with COVID-19 secure guidance and including completion of a risk assessment.
The government will be introducing fines for the organisers or those who facilitate illegal gatherings of over 30 people.
If taking part in activities with larger groups, you should take particular care to follow social distancing guidelines.
In addition to those guidelines, the following principles should be observed to ensure you meet people in a way that minimises the risk of spreading infection:
- limit the time you spend interacting with people from outside your household or support bubble to the activity which you are partaking in
- limit the number of different activities which you partake in succession to reduce the potential chain of transmission
- group size should be limited to the minimum which allows the activity to take place
- maintain high standards of hand hygiene
- if organising an activity, you should carry out a COVID-19 risk assessment to identify actions which could minimise the risk of transmission. Employers have a legal responsibility to protect workers and others from risk to their health and safety.
- you are also strongly encouraged to wear a face covering in other enclosed public spaces where social distancing may be difficult and where you come into contact with people you do not normally meet
The information above has been copied from the Government guidelines, updated on 14th August 2020, to see the full statement from the government click the link below: