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Covid-19 Changes

Welcome Back to Community

We endured a long time without visitors at Othona, but we opened our doors in Summer 2021 and have been delighted to be together again!

Since 19 July 2021, the Government legal requirements have changed, however we are continuing with many of the precautions and protocols to mitigate spread of the virus.

You will find some lovely new facilities, indoors and out. And for us – maybe for you too – a renewed appetite for being in community with others.

Staying Safe

Our priority is that you and we stay healthy. We will have all the hand sanitiser and other materials you’d expect. Our toilets and shower rooms had already been converted in 2020 with soap dispensers and disposable paper towels instead of the old hand towels.

We are undertaking more frequent and rigorous cleaning than before. We ask you to play your part by such measures as frequent hand-washing, wearing masks where appropriate and respecting social distancing. Before you arrive we’ll write with more details about how we all stay safe - including this agreement.

We rely on you to advise us if you have any Covid-like symptoms or have been contacted by NHS Track and Trace. We’ll be keeping records of everyone who visits Othona so that we can cooperate with Track and Trace as necessary.

Our Covid-19 Health & Safety Risk Assessment is available here on the site to read if you wish.


Please make your booking application online wherever possible. If the website booking form does not work for you, you can email Liz at bookings@othona-bb.org.uk or phone 01308 897130.

If at all possible please make payments digitally.



More than ever, we have to reserve the right to cancel any event or any individual booking. Among other reasons, it only takes one person here or recently left to contract Covid, for us possibly to have to close at the shortest notice. We hope to avoid this. But if it does happen we will let you know as soon as possible. And we will refund everything you have paid us.

We recognise you may also have to cancel. Normally if you cancel at short notice we only refund part of your payment. For the time being we will relax that policy.

If you cancel because of Covid infection (in you or a close contact) we will only retain £30 per person as a non-returnable deposit. But if you cancel for any other reason our normal Cancellation Policy will apply.  We hope this lets you make a booking with confidence.


Adjusting our Charging Policy

For each event you’ll find we are quoting Basic, Bonus and Benefactor Rates, as well as having Bursaries for those in need.

You are welcome to choose the Basic Rate. But if everybody paid Basic, the reality is that Othona would make a hefty loss this year.

Perhaps you’re actually finding yourself better off, maybe spending less in these strange times? If so, please consider paying the Bonus or Benefactor Rate.

We know plenty of people are much worse off due to Covid 19. So we still have bursary funds to offer. If you cannot afford the Basic Rate, please write to bookings@othona-bb.org.uk or phone 01308 897130 to discuss reduced Bursary Rates.

Benefactor, Bonus, Basic and Bursary Rate payers will all help Othona survive financially this year. 

We decided not to charge any Single Supplements this year. Only people from the same household or bubble will share rooms, of course.

Rates for children are calculated as a percentage of the adult Basic Rate. Under 3s come free of charge.