We’ve long held fast to the belief that a vacation rental home is better than a hotel for numerous reasons, but especially when it comes to cleanliness in the era of COVID-19. It’s our priority at Haller Coastal Homes to ensure a vacation to Santa Barbara is the best it can be and that means keeping our guests healthy and safe as possible.
Our cleaning company has adopted new practices to achieve the highest standards of cleanliness and sanitizing as recommended by the CDC to prevent the spread of Corona Virus. These cleaning protocols include 10 high-touch areas marked for deep cleaning and our standards are in line with the Department of Business and Professional Regulation recommended safety measures.
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Whether it is a weekend escape or an extended stay, your “home away from home” should include all the comforts of home with none of the stress. These new cleaning protocols ensure that the home areas and items folks touch most are cleaned and sanitized between each guest check-in.
What happens during deep cleaning between guest check-ins
Our professional cleaning crew wear protective masks and gloves when cleaning rentals and use CDC recommended cleaning agents, which are known to kill up to 21 germs and viruses, including Corona Virus.
All kitchen dinnerware will be re-washed between arrivals. This means coffee cups, utensils, glasses and plates will be freshly cleaned, just for you!
Sleep easy knowing this cleaning crew removes, bleaches and professionally launders all linens and towels between guest arrivals. And protective pillow covers are cleaned and sanitized for additional safety.
The “new normal” in Santa Barbara: safety guidelines
We fully understand that many of our guests are coming to Santa Barbara to rest, reconnect and rejuvenate. Let’s all do our part to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.
Practice social distancing in Santa Barbara
Aim to stay 6-feet apart from others when possible.
Wear a face mask in Santa Barbara
A face mask or similar article is required when in outdoor public spaces, like State Street, and indoor public spaces, such as shopping and at restaurants. However, you can remove your mask when eating or drinking.
Wash your hands often and carry antibacterial gel and wipes
Since vacation rentals do not include daily housekeeping, feel free to bring disinfectant wipes and antibacterial gel or purchase some from a local supermarket to use just as you would in your own home. Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. When about town, or at Santa Barbara beaches, carry hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol for use during times when you can’t wash hands.
Santa Barbara medical facilities
Know where to go if you’re feeling ill while visiting Santa Barbara. If you have COVID-19 symptoms (fever, cough or shortness of breath) or upper respiratory symptoms (sore throat, runny nose, nasal congestion), please use Cottage Hospital’s “Cottage CareNow” for a free online diagnosis. Visit https://cottagecarenow.org/ for more information.
If you are experiencing a life-threatening emergency, call 911.
These are the main hospitals in or around Santa Barbara:
Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital: 400 W. Pueblo St., Santa Barbara; 805-682-7111
Goleta Valley Cottage Hospital: 351 S. Patterson Ave., Goleta; 805-967-3411
Santa Ynez Valley Cottage Hospital: 2050 Viborg Rd., Solvang; 805-688-6431
There are also numerous urgent care facilities around town. Search “urgent care santa barbara” on Google for a map of urgent care clinic locations in or around Santa Barbara.