Backpacking In The Time Of Covid
Current world trends have left much of the hospitality industry in a spin due to the current lock-downs, rules, regulations, dos and don’ts regarding the present Covid-19 pandemic that is sweeping the globe.
Many accommodation businesses have fallen by the wayside and the regular and casual travellers have had to completely re-think their travel plans.
Finding the right budget accommodation not too far from the Cape Town CBD for block bookings such as film and construction crews, schools groups, team building and conference groups, church groups, NGO’s, universities, sports groups etc. under the existing world-wide Covid-19 pandemic situation is even trickier.
Riverlodge Backpackers situated in Oude Molen Eco Village in Pinelands, Cape Town is still operating and takes the safety and welfare of its backpacking guests very seriously. The hostel is a Covid-19 and lock-down certified essential service accommodation supplier.
At full sleeping capacity the hostel can handle up to 150 backpacking guests at a time and you can choose from any of the 21 rooms which include multiple-bed dorms, single and double rooms. Riverlodge Backpackers operates under strict Covid-19 rules and regulations and currently allows up to 75 people at any one time.
Due to the size of the venue, complying with social distancing protocols under the Covid-19 environment is a lot easier to control as there are plenty of large common areas that are nicely spread out. There are large lounge areas and an ample semi-covered courtyard with seating arranged in such a way to comply with those regulations.
At arrival at Riverlodge Backpackers, guests have to fill in a comprehensive contact tracing form (Covid-19 register). Temperature checks will be done at check in and on every occasion when the guest arrives back at the hostel after having left the hostel for any reason. Guests have to wear masks at all times within Riverlodge Backpackers hostel and there are plenty sanitising stations scattered around Riverlodge and Covid-19 guideline posters strategically placed in all the communal areas.
All guests at Riverlodge Backpackers are made aware of the Covid-19 health and safety regulations and are coached on how best to implement these safeguards, for example, wiping down kitchen and bathroom surfaces after use, with the supplied sanitization spray. Riverlodge guests are also issued with their own cutlery to use for the duration of their stay.
Riverlodge Backpackers only allows half capacity in its dorms and sleeping arrangements are specifically spaced to adhere to the social distancing rules and backpacking group configurations can be catered for. Riverlodge staff members reception and the cleaning staff wear masks. In addition the cleaning staff wear rubber gloves and they constantly clean everything, especially those surfaces which are major contact points such as the metal parts of the bedposts, door knobs and window latches, common areas etc. Linen is sent out to a professional company for cleaning and sanitising.
Riverlodge Backpackers endeavours to help its guests feel at home in a safe and relaxed environment.
“No matter where you roam… Make Riverlodge Backpackers your home away from home…”
You can also check for updates on our Facebook PageFor more info you can visit www.riverlodge.co.za or call 021 448 0526 / 082 515 0407