Autumn walk in Lathkill Dale

Booking a self-catering holiday with the “Rule of 6”

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We explain how the new “Rule of 6” Government restrictions on COVID-19 will affect booking a self-catering holiday in England with your friends and family for the coming months.

How many people can share a self-catering house during the new Rule of 6 Government restrictions?

As from the 14th September 2020, the current rules in England state that up to 6 people can share an indoor space together. This could be 6 people from one household or 1 person from six different households. Unlike Scotland and Wales, the 6 people in England needs to include all children, irrespective of their age at this time.

There is an exception where a group can be larger than 6 people if the group all live together or are in a support bubble.

Can I still have a self-catering holiday during the current restrictions?

Yes, it is absolutely fine to take a short break or longer holiday during this time. It is important to be aware of any local restrictions but unless specifically stated there is not a restriction, apart from the rule of 6.

Irrespective of the number, at Derwent House, we are still following our risk assessment and other actions to do all we can to reduce the likelihood of Covid-19.

In addition to these steps we also suggest guest aim to reduce interaction in high-contact areas. Derwent House has four en-suite bathrooms plus the main bathroom, we suggest using the same bathroom wherever possible. In the kitchen we leave disinfecting spray – regularly wiping work tops and other high touch areas, such as door handles and light switches, is another way we can help to protect each other.

And of course – handwashing and/or sanitising. Again, there is soap in the kitchen and every bathroom so please make use of this and hand sanitiser in the hallway. These steps, whilst small, can have a really positive impact in reducing the spread.

We also keep the name, contact email and telephone number for each adult member of the party to pass to NHS Contact Tracing for up to 21 days after departure. After this point details collected for this are securely destroyed.

 

Teddy on a bed at Derwent House

What does the rule of 6 mean to my self-catering holiday?

For Derwent House, which can accommodate up to 12 people, the impact of this reduction is that groups of up to 6 people can still enjoy our spacious Georgian House. We are aware of the cost so in response to the reduction in numbers we have introduced significant price reductions for both short breaks and full weeks. We are offering these reductions on available dates up to the 20th December 2020.

How many families can share a self-catering holiday?

With the restrictions announced in September the focus is not on the number of families. The key legal requirement is that social gatherings are limited to 6 people or less. And this is the total number of people in the group, including children.

What happens if I book a self-catering holiday house and the rules change?

A challenge with the current restrictions is knowing when they will be relaxed. If you book a break and the restrictions are relaxed, you will have a choice to continue as planned with 6 or less people. Alternatively, if you want to increase the numbers up to 12, or the permitted number if less, we will charge the additional amount that has been discounted. This though is entirely up to you if you wish to do this.

We are also mindful that as well as easing there is the potential that the restrictions could increase, and this can create uncertainty. In response to this we have amended our booking terms and conditions. We hope this offers reassurance if you a break away.

View of Monsal Dale with wooden sign post

What happens if I book a self-catering holiday house and the rules change?

A challenge with the current restrictions is knowing when they will be relaxed. If you book a break and the restrictions are relaxed, you will have a choice to continue as planned with 6 or less people. Alternatively, if you want to increase the numbers up to 12, or the permitted number if less, we will charge the additional amount that has been discounted. This though is entirely up to you if you wish to do this.

We are also mindful that as well as easing there is the potential that the restrictions could increase, and this can create uncertainty. In response to this we have amended our booking terms and conditions. We hope this offers reassurance if you a break away.

What can we do in Derbyshire in the Autumn?

Many of the attractions remain open until the end of the year. And Autumn is a a lovely time of year for walking, cycling and exploring, before it gets too chilly. There are some wonderful sights to see as the seasons change. And if you are planning to enjoy some of the varied cycle trails, we offer secure cycle storage.

In can be unsettling if you are wanting to make plans to get family or friends together, but we do hope this information helps. We know from talking to our guests who have been visiting since July how great it is again to be able to have a change of scenery and some time away. If you are looking for a venue for up to 6 people (or more when able) it would be lovely to welcome you to Derbyshire and Derwent House.

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