Old Ivy Walk COVID-19 Action Plan

The Ontario provincial government has issued a plan instructing nonessential businesses and services as to how we will operate when openings will be permitted “COVID-19 Health and Safety Guidance for Tourism and Hospitality Sector”. There is no time line. We are however also under the mandate of our local Town Council and Lord Mayor. Currently there are large signs located on the main two arterial routes into NOTL warning non-residents that the Town is closed to outsiders and to please stay away and visit at a later (unspecified) date.

Our guests (when we are permitted to open) and their health and safety are our primary concern. Old Ivy Walk is a fully licensed Bed & Breakfast Country Inn by the Town of NOTL and we undergo Fire and Bylaw safety inspections every two years and our facilities have been inspected by Ontario Health pursuant to receiving our license.

We are a staff of 4 but only one or two are ever in the B&B at any one time and we must practice social distancing. NOTL bylaws state that a staff member must be present in the B&B during the night whenever guests are staying. Our regular guests know that Philip, has taught courses in nutrition, safe food handling and cooking. George and Simone have successfully trained and passed the Ontario government “Smart Serve Ontario” programme regarding safe food and beverage practise. Monique has worked in the Hospitality industry for the past 12 years. All of us are fully cognizant of the current and proposed government guidelines for safe guest room and common area cleaning and sanitizing.

Monique has offered that guests staying for more than one night may prefer that no one enter their room at any time during their visit. In these instances, containers will be placed discreetly by each guest room door where guests can place towels, etc they would like replaced and/or plastic trash bags.

Breakfast: At this time we do not know if or when we will be allowed to open the Breakfast Room. We will be offering a full continental breakfast with daily variations on fruit juice, fruit, yogurt, croissants or breakfast buns, assorted cold cuts, cheese and hard boiled eggs. This is the breakfast staple of most Hotels, Inns and Pensione throughout Europe. Milk and cream will be placed in the personal refrigerators in your room. Each morning a plastic box will be placed outside your room with everything you will need to enjoy your breakfast and at a time of your liking. These boxes will be fully sanitized after each use. We will do the same with the in room Keurig coffee/tea machines, as we sanitize all your room surfaces, and as we always do, will run a full cup of water through the system. On nice days, guests are welcome to take their breakfast hamper into the garden if they wish. Given our extensive garden area, we will safely arrange chairs and tables in the garden to accommodate two or more guests traveling together and with wide distancing for non related guests.

We miss you all. We look forward to opening in a manner that protects everyone. Lots of alcohol will be provided ... rubbing, that is, to sanitize your hands.

Our very best regards and thanks,

Monique, Simone, George and Philip