We tell you what are the general and specific protection guidelines that the shelters will take after the Covid-19
After a long period of confinement marked by uncertainty, we began to have news about the de-escalation on the Camino de Santiago. If everything goes well and the current situation evolves as expected, we will soon be able to get back on the road safely. lThe hostels on the Jacobean routes are working hard and following the directions so that the establishments are totally safe for pilgrims.
The Government of Spain and the autonomous communities are already working to establish a sanitary protocol against Covid-19 that will allow the reopening of the shelters in a safe way to avoid contagion by pilgrims. The Institute for Spanish Tourist Quality (ICTE) has shared a guide with measures to reduce contagion by the coronavirus. We share with you a compilation of all these guidelines for the specific case of hostels. We hope that knowing these rules will also serve you as a pilgrim to feel safer in the accommodations if you are going to walk the Camino de Santiago this summer of 2020 (from when the authorities allow travel between provinces).
Each hostel will design specific security measures for its accommodations, however, they must meet a series of basic rules:
Safety distance. The safety distance (1.5 - 2 meters) between employees and customers should always be maintained. The circulation of people will be organized and a redistribution of the spaces will be made. If necessary, a capacity control would be established.
Hand washing and individual protection. Staff shifts should be organized to guarantee the safety distance, and individual protection elements such as gloves, masks, etc. will be provided. Finally, it is advisable to wash your hands frequently with soap and water, or also with the use of disinfecting solution.
Frequent ventilation and disinfection. The different areas of the hostel will be ventilated whenever possible, along with the correct disinfection throughout the working day of objects for personal use (glasses, mobile ...) and of the elements of the workplace (screen, keyboard ...) . Also, shared use areas such as showers and toilets, and other everyday surfaces such as knobs, faucets, etc. will be cleaned frequently.
In addition to these general measures, the Institute for Spanish Tourist Quality details specific safety recommendations for each of the areas that the hostels have.
When receiving and welcoming pilgrims in the establishments, a series of guidelines must be followed to protect all workers and each client. Below, we detail how it will be from now on to do it safely.
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Include disinfection measures in the reception area (disinfectant solution, disinfectant sprayer for shoes, backpacks, etc.). It is also recommended to place disinfecting rugs at the entrance of the shelters.
Guarantee the safety distance at all times. If it is not possible, physical elements such as protective partitions should be added or else, use a mask. Regarding the safety distance between clients, visible distance markers will be placed to avoid crowding.
Self-checking, card payment and other electronic means will be encouraged to facilitate booking and online checking to avoid unnecessary contacts.
Decorative elements, brochures and other printed informational materials will be removed as far as possible. Online information is recommended.
As all pilgrims know, it is common to share rooms when the Camino de Santiago is done. Therefore, new rules have been adapted to regulate the correct use and establish security measures, both in individual rooms and in shared rooms.
As for the toilets and showers in common use, in addition to using all the individual protection measures that were previously used, such as the use of flip flops. From now on, new guidelines will be included to ensure greater security.
Other common shared use areas in hostels are the kitchen and dining room. All pilgrims must carry out new hygiene and safety measures in order to keep this space free of any type of contagion. Here we reveal what all these new measures will be:
The common and shared use areas must be equipped with everything necessary for proper disinfection and to guarantee maximum security. These are some of the new measures that will be established:
Finally, the luggage of all pilgrims will remain in disinfected spaces on a frequent basis and also, measures will be established to avoid direct contact with objects stored in shelters.
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