Covid-19 Implementation Programme: Cabins


This document sets out the measures undertaken by the Cruising Association to ensure the safety of its staff and members when re-opening CA House cabins.

Date of re-opening

The cabins will be available to members from Monday 17th May, subject to Government confirmation. Cabins will be booked in the usual manner, by contacting Reception on 020 7537 2828 and are subject to lockdown measures remaining eased. Any reversal of lockdown measures being eased will result in cabin bookings being cancelled. In the event of the CA cancelling cabin bookings, no payment will be taken.

Cabin Availability

One cabin will always remain out of use, meaning only four cabins are available to rent on any one night. Reserving one cabin allows any member who falls ill to self-quarantine for 14 days as required.

In addition, cabins will be used on a rotation basis and cabins will remain free for one night after each stay. If we become fully booked, this measure will be reviewed.

Cabin Payment

When booking cabins, guests will be asked to provide card details over the phone, as usual. Payment will be taken on the morning of arrival and guests are not permitted to pay on arrival. The current cancellation policy will remain in place and can be viewed on the Cabin Accommodation page.

Check In

Later and staggered check in times from 2pm will be set for each guest. This will be agreed and communicated with guests prior to arrival.

Guests are asked to inform Reception of their arrival and keys will be collected from the cabin key collection station located outside of the library on the first floor. Keys will be disinfected after each guest departs and will be left in a plastic bag with further cabin information inside. Guests are not permitted to enter the library at this time.

Any requests for late arrivals, usually collected from the bar, should be communicated to CA staff at the time of booking. Guests will be asked to collect the keys from the first-floor landing, rather than approaching the bar as per the normal procedures.

Use of the Lift

Members are permitted to use the lift in CA House but are asked to adhere to social distancing rules. Only one person, or one household is permitted as a time. We encourage use of the stairs where possible.

Breakfast Facilities

Breakfast facilities will remain available from the CA Mess, located on the first floor. Guests will be allocated a 15-minute slot between the times of 0800 and 0900 and must be scheduled at the time of booking.

Guests are asked to clean all surfaces used at the end of the allocated time slot with the cleaning products provided. Crockery and cutlery can be left on the shelf provided and will be removed by our cleaning staff later.

At the end of the breakfast slot (0900), a deep clean will be undertaken by our cleaning team.

Use of Shared Balconies

Members are permitted to use the shared balconies for cabins 1 and 2, and cabins 4 and 5. Social distancing must always be adhered to. Handrails and chairs will be cleaned after each stay.

Use of the CA Galley

The bar, commonly known as the ‘Galley’, will be open for table service from Monday 17th May and is open from 18:00 weeknights and 12:00 on Saturday and Sunday. For further details on the use of the Galley, please see Covid-19 Implementation: Galley or speak to a member of staff when booking your cabin.

Use of the CA Library

The CA library will re-open from Monday 12th April. Cabin guests must specify their desire to use the library during their stay. Cabin guests may not be automatically granted access to the library if another member has already pre-booked. For more details, please see Covid-19 Implementation: Library

Check Out

Check out will remain at 0930 and members are asked to leave their keys at the key drop off point, located outside the library on the first floor. Cabin guests are asked to maintain social distancing during check out.

Safety Measures

  • Any cabin guest suspected to have COVID-19 symptoms (WHO website) is not permitted to enter or stay at CA House. In the event of a cabin cancellation due to COVID-19, no payment will be taken.
  • All staff, tenants, visitors and cabin guests must wear masks or suitable face coverings in communal areas. Staff are not required to wear masks at their workstations, but any member of staff manning the library must wear appropriate face coverings when members are present. For further guidance on the use of facemasks, please see Face coverings at work.
  • Any visitors who attend CA House without suitable face coverings may ask for a disposable mask, available from reception.
  • The CA cabins will undergo a deep clean before re-opening, including the dismantling and cleaning of shower heads to remove any risk of legionella.
  • In accordance with the NHS Test and Trace scheme, members may be contacted up to 21 days after their stay if there is a suspected case of COVID19 at CA House which may impact the guest.
  • Guests are asked to wash their hands for 20 seconds or use the hand sanitiser provided upon entry to the building. Members are also asked to wash/sanitise their hands after coming into contact with any common touch points, such as door handles, bannisters etc.
  • Guests are also asked to observe the measures implemented at CA House which allow for appropriate social distancing and safeguarding of other staff, visitors, tenants, and guests. Signage has been erected throughout the building and further information will be emailed to guests prior to their arrival. For further details see Covid-19 ImplementationL CA House.
  • All throws, cushions and magazines will be removed from the cabins prior to the re-opening date to limit the spread of germs/viruses between cabin guests.
  • All linen will be professionally laundered by our contractor, County Linen in accordance with hygiene standards. Thermal disinfecting has always been considered sufficient for killing any virus and is the standard wash process used by the Healthcare industry. This involves maintaining a wash temperature of 71°C for a period of over three minutes. County Linen operated to this standard prior to the COVID-19 outbreak and will continue to do so going forward.
  • Cleaning staff will always wear PPE, including masks and gloves.

Suspected COVID cases and guest self-isolation

If a guest is displaying signs of the COVID-19 virus while staying in a cabin, they should inform a member of staff, immediately self-isolate where they are to minimise any risk of transmission and request a test. If they are confirmed to have COVID-19, they should return home if they reasonably can. They should use private transport but only drive themselves if they can do so safely. If a guest cannot reasonably return home (for example because they are not well enough to travel or do not have the means to arrange transport), their circumstances should be discussed with an appropriate health care professional and, if necessary, the local authority. Guests should follow government guidance on dealing with possible or confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection. Once the guest has returned to their main residence, they should continue to follow the government guidance on self-isolation, household isolation and social distancing.

This will apply to all guests that were present in the room. If the guest shows acute symptoms, has breathing difficulties or their life is at potential risk, seek medical help immediately.

In the event of a confirmed COVID-19 case, full cleaning will be undertaken in accordance with Government guidelines. Any due cabin guests will be informed of this and a full refund will be issued if required.

Further Information

In the event of an emergency or any questions relating to a cabin booking, please contact either:

Jeremy Batch, Receptionist:

Lucy Gray, General Manager: