I sit here writing this in the backyard of my home that I have retreated to for the past couple of months, with the sun shining down on me.
The warmth of the sun’s rays tells me that Mother Earth has enjoyed the space that us humans have reluctantly stepped aside (or should I say “inside”) for it to breathe.
The waters run clear, our cities are enjoying blue skies free of smog and pollution, our flora grows undisturbed and our wildlife have no humans to fear.
Never did any of us expect to be in the situation of recent months.
The world has seen Ebola, Swine Flu, SARS, HIV, Cholera, Malaria, Zika, and with the exception of HIV, these have been in far away places and we only tuned in to other’s sufferings at news time.
COVID-19 has not discriminated – young, old, rich, poor, sick, healthy, First World or Developing countries – it has spread across the entire globe.
Australia had paid attention early to what the world health experts were warning.
The swift action taken by our government meant that we have so far escaped relatively unscathed and our casualties have been very low. Sadly, we have still lost over 100 fellow Australians.
Towards the end of March the social distance ruling of two people finally forced us to shut our doors here at The Old Hospital Loch. Our bookings abruptly came to a standstill. Our turnover became zero, our income stopped. Our work routine ended. The Old Hospital was suddenly a big lonely place to be – the laughter had gone and our car park was empty.
We have been humbled by the support we have received from all of our groups of guests who have supported us during this trying time for our relatively new business. EVERY group affected have chosen to roll their booking over to the same weekend in 2021.
We thank you from the bottom of our hearts for sticking by us and supporting us.
On the positive side, all of the chores we had been putting off for so long were suddenly done!
The garden has been pruned and mulched, fridges defrosted. Every single cupboard has been cleaned and we have a huge donation for Opportunity Lochs, our new Village Op Shop in Loch. Last weekend we were finally permitted to see our daughters we had missed so much during the lock down, especially on Mother’s Day. We also found out that we are to become grandparents for the first time – the best Mother’s Day news any one could wish for.
The sun is shining down on us once again…
So we have now received the green light from the government, permitting us to reopen The Old Hospital at the beginning of June. We are finally back to work.
The size of our property – craft room, dining, kitchen and bedrooms allows us to comfortably meet social distancing requirements.
In addition to our usual cleaning, we are continuing with our rigorous cleaning regime between groups which includes:
- disinfecting all hard surfaces including hand rails, light switches and door handles
- all linen, including towels and bathmats, are commercially laundered off site at high temperature
- complimentary hand sanitiser in our foyer for guest use upon entry
With these safety measures in place, we still recommend each group maintain safe social distancing to ensure a happy and healthy stay at The Old Hospital.
Despite having been closed for business, we have still been taking bookings for 2020 and 2021.
It seems travel and holidays now restricted to within Australia only at this stage, our best kept secret will be out – Loch is a beautiful place to be.
We look forward to welcoming our guests back and can’t wait to see faces other than our own!