After almost three months of lockdown, little by little the city of Barcelona is returning to a high level of activity. With this comes the reopening of travel and accommodations and the simultaneous easing of restrictions for those who wish to stay in and visit our beautiful city. By July 1, we expect that travellers from Schengen countries, the broader EU and the UK will have open borders to visit Barcelona, Catalonia and all of Spain as well. We also anticipate that our borders will open up to the rest of the world progressively, and we will update you as we get official confirmation.
If you’re anything like us, you probably cannot wait to regain a sense of normalcy, albeit it might be a new normal. Yet, at the same time, you may also be feeling slightly apprehensive about travelling once again. Read on to learn more about how we at bizFlats are working toward your peace of mind.
Getting ready for travel
Is your health and wellbeing and the health and wellbeing of those who are travelling with you your number one priority? If you organize travel for a company or organization, is the health and wellbeing of those for whom you organize travel your number one priority? With this in mind, bizFlats has put into a place a health and safety policy for all its employees and guests to ensure your safety and the safety of everyone who works with us.
Given the current situation, staying in an apartment is the safest option to choose when visiting Barcelona since you will not have staff entering and leaving your room, you will not have to share communal areas like in a hotel, and you will be able to cook your own food.
We want you to know that we are putting your health at the forefront during these uncertain times and reducing health and safety risks in all our facilities.
This article outlines the COVID-19 health and safety measures that we have put into place in line with the government regulations from the Spanish Health Ministry and Catalonia’s Public Health Department, and the guidelines published by the World Health Organization (WHO)..
● We recommend that you take the time to carefully read the rules of use for the apartment where you are staying and whether some services you may like to use have limitations.
These posters also include hygiene measures all guests should follow to prevent the spread of COVID-19. If you have any questions regarding this information, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Cleaning and disinfection procedures
With regard to the cleaning and disinfection of all bizFlats apartments and facilities, we are following a rigorous cleaning protocol in line with the guidelines recommended by local and international health authorities. In order to prevent the spreading of COVID-19, the following tasks will be performed and logged for all of our apartments and facilities: restocking of goods and removal of waste from accommodation, cleaning of accommodation after check-out, and preparation for incoming guests.
What’s more, we will also log the exact location of cleaning tasks within the apartment, the order in which the tasks are carried out, the cleaning product and personal protective equipment used, and how the cleaning products and materials are handled after their use.
● To ensure both your safety and the safety of bizFlats personnel when checking in, the two-metre safety distance will be observed between bizFlats staff and guests. Our staff will wear protective masks at all times. Alternatively, we can set up a minimal contact check-in, where you can pick up the keys from our office, or if the apartment has a fully electronic smart lock. Let us know your preference in advance.
● Guests will receive a pack of four face masks and a hand sanitiser gel for use during check-in and during their stay.
● We ask that all our guests limit their use of lifts in our apartment buildings and facilities to a necessary minimum, and to use the stairs if possible.
If it is necessary for you to use the lifts, only one person should use it at a time, in case they are not from the same party. Exceptions to this rule are when the lift is big enough for you to observe the two-metre safety distance when inside, or in the cases of individuals who require the assistance of another person.
● Areas that may not be accessed or used will be completely cordoned off or marked with clear restrictive access signs.
The health and safety of our guests and our employees is our utmost priority as we begin this transitional phase of transition as mentioned.
As you can imagine, this is a process that calls on us to keep a close eye on updates and adapt continually as we receive further inputs. Thus, we will monitor the COVID-19 situation closely and update these guidelines as required to ensure your safety, always in line with government and health authority guidelines.
We’d like to thank you for your help and cooperation during this time and we appreciate the time you take to get familiar with these guidelines. If you should have any questions about your upcoming trip or the health and safety measures we are implementing in our facilities, please do not hesitate to contact us.