We know that this can be a difficult time for you as a short-term rental owner. It is expected for you to have doubts about the coronavirus, how to protect yourself and others and the impact it can have on tourism. If you’re wondering how a host be prepared for coronavirus, Warmrental created a list of precautionary measures with you in mind.
General protective measures:
- When you sneeze or cough, cover your mouth and nose with your elbow or with a tissue (never with your hands), which you should immediately put in the trash.
- Wash your hands frequently with soap and water or use an alcohol-based solution.
- Avoid touching your face with your hands.
- Wash and disinfect door handles, switches, handrails, and surfaces touched frequently.
Short-term rental protective measures:
- Reduce physical contact at check-in/check-out (avoid handshaking).
- Ensure that liquid soap is available for hand washing and give preference to paper towels instead of towels.
- Place dispensers of alcohol-based antiseptic solution or alcohol-based solution near the entrance to your vacation rental.
- Define your contingency plan. Prepare a box with masks, disinfectant, water, and food in case there is a suspected case in need of isolation. The isolation site should, preferably, be a location of negative pressure, such as a bathroom, if it has ventilation. If not, it could be a bedroom with windows, a television, and you should be able to close the door.
These prevention measures, defined by the Portuguese Directorate General of Health, concern suspected or confirmed cases of COVID-19 but, if you feel more comfortable, you can use some of these tips in order to take precautions.
- People responsible for cleaning must comply with the recommended protective measures: wearing a mask, eye protection glasses, plastic apron over the uniform, and gloves. Uniforms must be washed at high temperature after cleaning and should not be taken home to wash.
- Opt for single-use cleaning materials, such as cleaning cloths and wipes moistened with disinfectant, bleach, and alcohol.
- Bed linen, window curtains, and bathroom curtains must be removed carefully, without shaking or touching the body. Place them directly on the washing machine.
- Wet cleaning is preferable to dry cleaning. Do not use a vacuum.
- Clean and disinfect all surfaces, furniture, equipment, door handles and cabinets, taps, washbasins, and walls up to the height of your arm with disinfectant wipes.
- Wash dishes and utensils in the dishwasher.
- Clean and disinfect outdoor spaces, such as balconies, terraces or pools.
- Open the windows and let it air dry.
What to do with a person suspected of being sick by COVID-19 in your short-term rental?
Guests must stay at the short-term rental, call the Health 24 line (808 24 24 24) and wait for instructions. Do not go to emergency rooms or health centers.
Here are some precautionary measures for vacation rentals.
We remind you that panicking is never a solution. Stay calm, be responsible, take precautions, and contact the health line (808 24 24 24) in suspicious cases.