Important covid-19 update
as at 7 August 2020
We would like to personally update you on the COVID-19 situation and the precautions we are taking to ensure your well-being during your stay.
With the Australian Government implementing social distancing controls to limit any potential spread of COVID-19 in public spaces, the resort has capped its overnight guest numbers to a 50% bed capacity for the health and safety of our guests and team.
We strongly recommend that everyone download the COVIDSAFE APP before visiting Lady Elliot Island Eco Resort.
If you are travelling from an area declared a COVID-19 hotspot during the past 14 days, including all parts of NSW, ACT (effective 1am Saturday 8 August) and VIC, you will not be permitted to enter Queensland. Approved entry into Queensland for all travellers is subject to completing and signing a Queensland Border Declaration Pass and undertaking to present for a COVID-19 test if you develop symptoms (health.gov.au).
Due to the continually changing state and federal government requirements in response to COVID-19 challenges, Lady Elliot Island Eco Resort will be assessing all VIC, NSW and ACT bookings depending on your arrival date into Queensland in the preceding 14 days. We appreciate your understanding and patience with our Team during this time and look forward to sharing our beautiful Island with you soon.
If you are feeling unwell, please consider the health and safety of your fellow guests and our Lady Elliot Island Eco Resort team and do not travel to Lady Elliot Island.
Lady Elliot Island Eco Resort is an approved COVID Clean practicing business. This means that we have implemented extensive procedures to ensure the safety of our guests and team.
COVID-19 Self-Assessment Declaration Form: All guests, staff and contractors will receive a COVID-19 Self-Assessment Declaration form that must be completed the day prior to your arrival to the airport. Please print and complete this form for all persons travelling on your booking the morning of departure. If your risk rating falls within the red ‘high risk’ area do not attend the airport and please contact our Flight Operations Team on +61 7 5599 4509 advising you are unable to travel.
Contactless Payments: To minimise physical contact between our guests and team we are kindly requesting cashless payments when on Island.
Airport Check-in and Aircraft:
For the health and safety of all guests travelling to/from Lady Elliot Island on our sister company Seair Pacific’s chartered aircraft, passenger numbers have been reduced to allow for adequate spacing between guests in accordance with current aviation requirements.
Temperature Testing: Temperature testing all personnel arriving to Lady Elliot Island (including guests, staff, contractors etc) via a non-contact infrared thermometer will take place before boarding any aircraft. Any temperature 37-37.5 degrees Celsius will be considered with caution. Any temperature equalling 37.6 degrees Celsius or higher will be referred to as ‘high risk’ and travel to Lady Elliot Island will not be permitted without further medical clarification or clearance. A full refund will be available, or travel can be postponed to a later date once medically cleared.
Sanitisation Points: Non-touch hand sanitiser stations will be available at our Gold Coast and Hervey Bay departure points. For those departing from Brisbane (Redcliffe) or Bundaberg your pilot will kindly instruct you to sanitise your hands prior to boarding the aircraft.
Face Masks: In view of the recent Government policy changes and recommendation for the use of face masks within certain areas for the general public, as of Thursday 6 August 2020, we kindly request all guests, staff and personnel travelling to/from Lady Elliot Island on our aircraft to wear a face mask. This is not a mandatory requirement, but a precaution we politely encourage for the health and safety of our guests and team. We kindly, request you please bring your own face mask, however if this is not possible you will also be supplied with a surgical face mask by our friendly team if you wish. We appreciate your support and thank you for your understanding with this matter.
A number of measures have been put in place to comply with the social distancing guidelines and to ensure the health and safety of our guests and team during meal service.
- In line with some of the protocols surrounding food service we have had to review the way that we serve our meals to you. Please rest assured you will continue to receive our homestyle cooked meals served by our team for breakfast and dinner.
- Lunch will be café orders only. If you have pre-paid buffet lunch included, you will order from the café menu
- Guests will be allocated an evening dining time upon arrival to the Island
- Takeaway will be available should you prefer not to sit in the dining area
We will continually refine our processes in line with any changes to COVID requirements related to dining.
Ongoing vigilance around personal hygiene and cleaning standards remain key to minimise risk. We have increased the frequency and detail of our already best practice cleaning procedures. This involves an increased focus on sanitisation of bathrooms and touch points around the resort and continued thorough cleaning of resort rooms. Non-touch hand sanitiser stations will be available around the resort.
For short stays (3 nights or less), it is the preference of the Resort to not complete housekeeping services unless requested to minimise contact between guests and staff.
If you request your room to be serviced, we kindly request you vacate your room during this time.
Activities and Diving:
All activities including diving will be available during your stay on Lady Elliot Island.
When joining our Glass Bottom Boat/Snorkel Tours or Diving we request you follow the below guidelines;
- To ensure adequate spacing on our vessels, we are reducing passenger numbers to allow for social distancing of 1.5m
- While waiting and gearing up, guests should avoid physical contact and maintain 1.5m distance from staff and other guests, only 5 guests inside the Dive Shop at any one time
- Snorkel/Dive equipment only to be handled by a Lady Elliot Island Team Member, please ask for assistance before gearing up
- Where possible, divers will be allocated one set of dive equipment (including BCD and regulators) to be used during their entire stay
- Snorkellers will be allocated a set of fins/mask to be used during their entire stay
- On the vessels please sit in your assigned seat and maintain 1.5m spacing from other guests. Please handle your own equipment, if you are unable to do so, please request assistance from our Team Members
- Any used wetsuits to be wash in the wash tub before returning to the Dive Shop
All Snorkel and dive equipment including; mask, snorkels, fins and wetsuits are cleaned after each use using an approved Ecoclean sanitiser. However, for your comfort, you may purchase your own personal snorkel mouthpiece for a small fee or we encourage you to bring your own snorkelling equipment from home.
Overnight Covid-19 Cancellation Sub-clause:
In light of Covid-19, if government-imposed travel or state/territory border restrictions prevent guests from arriving to Lady Elliot Island Eco Resort for their stay, please contact our reservations team as soon as possible.
Your options include;
- Changing travel dates – subject to availability;
- Placing your payment in credit against your name until you’re ready to re-book at another time; or
- A full refund
Lady Elliot Island Eco Resort is not responsible for any disruption that may be caused to your personal travel plans prior to your arrival at our Departure Port or after your return from the island to our Departure Port on the mainland (i.e. ongoing flight connections etc).
Thank you for taking the time to read this information.
It is imperative that at this point in time we pull together to minimise any associated risks revolving around COVID-19 and the best way we can do this is in accordance with the guidelines directed by the Australian Government and the World Health Organisation.
Our senior management team are meeting daily to discuss our continued response and to ensure we have the latest information from Government Health Authorities. We will also continue to review and refine our protocols in line with the best available information at that point in time.
We hope you enjoy your stay and if you have any further questions please contact our Reservations Team on +61 7 5536 3644.
Most importantly, we are doing everything we can to adapt to this changing world and making sure that you have a once in a life time Great Barrier Reef Experience. We are looking forward to having you back but please remember to be kind, be compassionate and have patience with our team as we navigate our way through.
Daniel Lukritz (General Manager)
Lady Elliot Island Eco Resort