Covid-19 Guidelines

Cleaning Protocols Overlay for B&B and Guest House properties in the context of Covid-19

Page last updated 24 May 2021

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This guidance has been developed in partnership by Scotland's Best B&Bs and the Scottish Guest House and B&B Alliance. It has been adapted (with permission) from the guidelines produced by the Association of Scottish Self-Caterers (ASSC) and the Professional Association of Self-Caterers (PASC).

This document is designed for all short-term accommodation operators: owners, hosts, and property management companies and bed and breakfast owners. The original ASSC guideline document has been amended to incorporate the needs of bed and breakfast and guest house owners and operators.

In addition to the high level guidelines, the document includes:

  • Bed and Breakfast Risk Assessment Template
  • Bed and Breakfast Cleaning Check List
  • FAQ: Cleaning Protocols and Additional Guidance

The aim of these documents is to provide some helpful guidance and a framework which individual businesses may wish to use and adapt as they see fit. Recognising that all B&B establishments are different, we hope these guidelines will help you to create your own risk assessment.

Download the Cleaning Protocols Overlay for B&B and Guest House properties in the context of Covid-19 (Version 1, dated April 2021):

Word version (1.6 MB)

PDF version (1.1 MB)

Covid Cleaning Protocols

Additional resources:

The ASSC is updated its Cleaning Protocols document in April 2021. You can download the latest version via their site.

Landlord’s Little Helper - online training module for Cleaning Protocols for Self-Catering Properties and Short-Term Lets in the Context of Covid-19. This has been recommended by ASSC and may also be useful for B&B owners.

For information about the specific regulations in place in Scotland and their application, please consult the Tourism and Hospitality FAQs by the Scottish Government which are part of the official Coronavirus tourism and hospitality sector guidance for businesses (updated May 2021).
VisitScotland has provided a list of FAQs (updated May 2021).

VisitScotland has endorsed the UK-wide Good to Go self-certification scheme.
VisitScotland also has a page with lots of useful information links for tourism businesses: Get Tourism Ready.

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