Local accommodation providers in and around Bath are working together to ensure that key workers, local residents and those visiting the city to see friends and family are supported.
Stay in Bath, run by Bath Independent Guest House and Hospitality Association (BIGHHA) has compiled a list of local accommodation options available right now for short-term and longer stays in and around the city.
Published on its Facebook page, the list highlights current availability amongst its members, comprising over 100 independently-run guesthouses, small hotels and self-contained holiday homes, and will be updated frequently.
With the significant global decline in travel and tourism, local bed and breakfasts, guesthouses and self-catering properties are themselves facing major challenges amidst such unprecedented levels of availability. Local owners are trying to balance keeping their businesses afloat – and safeguarding local jobs – whilst ensuring that access to accommodation is straightforward, flexible and affordable, for those who need it most.
Many business owners have slashed accommodation rates in order to fill vacant rooms and are encouraging those wishing to stay to contact properties directly to discuss rates and individual needs. Property owners are also informing potential guests of the additional steps they are taking in light of Government guidance, from additional cleaning to preparatory measures for social distancing and self-isolation.
Harry Tedstone, Chair of BIGHHA, said: “This is such a challenging time everyone. We want to ensure that those who need local, high-quality accommodation can access it – quickly and affordably – from our amazing NHS workers, teachers and emergency services staff to all those working so hard in such difficult circumstances. We also want to help local people and their families, such as the local family needing to vacate their home shared with their elderly parents’ home, or those wishing to relocate to be nearer others for a few months.”
“We’ve had a growing number of requests from people looking for extended stays beyond the typical weekend or short-break stays – but equally not wishing to tie themselves in to contracts lasting six months or more. We really hope the Stay in Bath community can do their bit to help.”