A message from our Chief Executive– 17th March 2020
Further to the government’s update yesterday (16th March) we wanted to let all of our loyal guests know that for now The Cathedral Hotel remains open for business and we thank you for continuing to support our teams by staying and visiting our business. We are monitoring the Coronavirus situation carefully and regularly and will continue to react accordingly.
As an independent family owned business we employ many people from the local area and our key priority is to keep our teams in jobs whilst following government guidelines. This is a challenging time for the hospitality industry and now more than ever we need your support. We hope you understand that until we are told differently from the government we remain open for business. From today (17th March) we are implementing social distancing throughout breakfast and our bar area. We are removing tables to ensure there is a larger space between each table. This is in addition to following the robust procedures we already have put in place including the additional cleaning of key areas and touch points.
Please rest assured we are doing everything we can to navigate us through this unprecedented situation and look to remain open for business as long as possible.
Cancellation Policy Update – 17th March 2020
Our new policy, should your travel plans change
Following government guidance in regard to travel restrictions, we would like to reassure you that The Cathedral Hotel is still open, however, we recognise that flexibility is of the utmost importance at this time of uncertainty and have temporarily changed our terms and conditions. When making your reservation, we want you to feel confident that should your plans need to change, you have the flexibility to postpone or cancel on the following basis:
Individual bedroom reservations on a fully cancellable rate will remain on current terms – 4pm day before arrival. Those booked on a non-refundable advance purchase rate can now be postponed and can be re-booked up until 31 October 2020, subject to availability.
Should the new dates for reservations be at a different price point, you will be asked to pay the difference.
For complete flexibility over a longer period of time, our flexible room rates allow bookings to be amended or cancelled before 4pm on the day prior to arrival, so we would advise you to choose this option for any new bedroom reservations. However we can also offer our non-refundable advance purchase rate and should your plans change you can postpone your booking up until 31 October 2020, subject to availability.
UPDATE – 13TH MARCH 2020
As the health and wellbeing of our guests is our highest priority we would like to assure you that we are monitoring the Coronavirus situation carefully and regularly.
We are closely following Public Health England’s guidelines. Their view is that there is no reason for people to stop engaging in their regular daily activities and we remain open for business as normal. Our care and concern is not only for our guests but also our team. Please be assured that should any member of the team feel they should self-isolate they will be encouraged to do so and we will take no risks for the benefit of everyone. However, in line with the guidelines we have increased our cleaning routines throughout the hotel and strengthened hygiene and sanitisation in public areas.
Additional cleaning of key areas
We are ensuring our staff are taking extra care and additional cleaning when cleaning door handles, banisters, tables, cutlery, crockery, glassware, toilets and all additional areas of the hotel. The health and safety of our guests is paramount to us so please feel rest assured that we are doing all we can be doing to ensure that The Cathedral Hotel is a safe and clean place to be.
How to protect yourself
We ask you all to protect yourself and your fellow guests from the spread of infection by following Public Health England’s advice.
• Wash your hands frequently and for 20 seconds using soap and water (especially when you get to work, the hotel or arrive home), after you blow your nose, cough or sneeze and before you eat or handle food. We have provided alcohol-based hand sanitiser at various points around the hotel, but the best way to protect yourself from infections like Coronavirus is to regularly wash your hands with soap and water. Proper hand washing is the most effective way of killing viruses and this should be your first choice.
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Hands can easily pick up viruses and once contaminated, hands can transfer the virus to your eyes, nose or mouth. From there, the virus can enter your body and make you ill.
• Practice respiratory hygiene. This means covering your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze, and disposing of the used tissue immediately.
We wish to reassure you that we will continue to follow the latest Public Health England advice and that we are doing everything we can to minimise the risk to all visitors. We will issue further updates when appropriate but if you have any questions please contact us.
Due to the uncertainty with the coronavirus currently we are changing our cancellation policy. If you make a new direct booking and wish to book on an advanced purchase rate and you are unable to travel, providing you give us 3 days’ notice we will transfer your booking to another date of your choice at no extra cost. The new booking must be made before 31st October 2020 and is subject to availability.
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