Riverland’s Covid-Safe Welcome

Covid update May 2021:

It is with grateful hearts that we welcome our travelling friends back to Riverland and to New Hampshire.

Your hosts will be immune to Covid from April 30, 2021, and so can offer our customary hospitality without fear of suffering the symptoms of  Covid 19.  New Hampshire is doing a good job of vaccinating everyone and our case counts have fallen dramatically.

We are able to take reservations from travelers from all parts of the United States without quarantine.  Travelers from outside the US must attest that they have remained in their homes for 10 days prior to arrival in New Hampshire. For more information, please see:

https://www.covidguidance.nh.gov/sites/g/files/ehbemt381/files/files/inline-documents/guidance-universal.pdf.

Bookings

Our enhanced cleaning protocols will remain as described below.  Weekends (Friday through Monday) we will continue to only accept bookings that are at least two, consecutive nights. We will accept one-night bookings only on weekdays, Tuesdays through Thursdays.

Masks/Breakfasts

Our governor has also lifted the state-wide mandatory mask requirement.  Out of an abundance of caution, we will continue to wear masks to ensure that we do not pass the virus to our guests.  We ask that guests continue to wear masks while in the common areas of the bed and breakfast to ensure the virus does not pass between guests.

Breakfast will continue to be served in the rooms or on the porch, in fine weather, as guests prefer.  Our cleaning protocols will remain as described below.

Immunity

We would be grateful if you would tell us on making a booking what your Covid immunity day was or will be. We are still required to ask about your health status on arrival and to ask you to sign a copy of the questions that appear below.

Covid protocol June 2020:

The pandemic has taught us many things:

  • that gathering with friends and family is as essential as breathing,
  • that we are all in this together and have our part to play, and
  • that keeping everyone as safe as we can is the heart of hospitality.

A small, family-run bed and breakfast has some natural advantages.  We have lower turnover, with fewer people passing through.  Our one host stays on the premises.  We have outdoor dining.

We are now able to welcome visitors from New England without quarantine.  Visitors from other countries and states outside New England must attest that they have self-quarantined in their homes for fourteen days before arriving in New Hampshire.  (Our governor is very concerned that out-of-state visitors will bring more Covid infections to New Hampshire.} We are looking forward to welcoming everyone as soon as we are able.  We miss our friends “from away.”  Please check back for updates.

We are already following  guidelines that have been negotiated with the Governor’s Covid taskforce for the lodging industry:

Disinfecting and Sanitizing

We will leave rooms empty for three days between visits to ensure our all hard surfaces are naturally disinfected and all soft services are naturally sanitized, in addition to our regular, rigorous cleaning.

Research has shown that the Covid-19 virus lives on hard surfaces (metal, plastic) for up to three days and on cardboard for two days.  Leaving rooms empty for three days will ensure that the virus dies of its own accord.

Riverland on the Merrimack is a gold-level member of the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services Green Hospitality Program.  We take pride in offering a healthy, nontoxic environment.  Cleaning products exist that kill Covid, but they would challenge our own health and that of our chemically sensitive guests.  We will let time do most of the disinfecting.

We will continue our rigorous cleaning, but add dilute bleach to the routine for handles, doorknobs, faucets, and other often-touched items.

Bookings

We will also require a two-day minimum stay, to further reduce turnover and mitigate exposure.

Breakfast

We will bring breakfast to your room on a tray or serve you on our lovely south-facing porch in fine weather.

masks

Social distancing

Your host will prepare breakfast with mask and gloves.

Complementary masks will be provided so guests can protect themselves while interacting with others.

The governor’s working group mandates that we ask our guests from outside New England to attest that they have self-quarantined in their homes out of state for 14 days before arriving in NH and to answer the following questions when making a booking and again, at check in:

a. Have you been in close contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19?
b. Are you experiencing a cough, shortness of breath or sore throat?
c. Have you had a fever in the last 48 hours?
d. Have you had changes in your sense of taste or smell ?
e. If you answered yes to any of these questions, please do not put our employees and other guests at risk and come back another day when you feel better. Any deposit will be returned.

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