Our High Street office is now closed due to Covid-19 outbreak, our telephone lines are operational as normal. No agent hosted viewings will be scheduled at present until futher notice. 

Vendors and landlords may host their own viewings, subject to confirmation.

Kingston Berkeley have been monitoring the current situation in regards to the spread of the Covid-19 disease throughout the world and to date the new infections within both Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

We have made the decision to put in place some precautionary measures whilst things are unfolding and will review our policies as new information is received. We can confirm to date that no member of staff of Kingston Berkeley, tenants, clients or contactors have been diagnosed with Covid-19 or are showing signs of symptoms.

 

Information for Viewers

 

If you are currently showing symptoms of Covid-19 or have been diagnosed with Covid-19 we would ask that you do not attend any scheduled viewings, please call or office on 028 96 931 931 or email info@kingston-berkeley.comto postpone your viewing.

 

If you have been to any of the affected areas which are showing as Red areas or have been in contact with anyone who has been, please wait 21 days before attending a viewing with our office.

 

When attending a property for a viewing, our staff will not greet you with a traditional handshake. Please ensure you have washed your hands thoroughly before attending the property. The agent may ask you to clean your hands with supplied hand sanitizer before entering the property.

 

If you appear to look unwell before entering the property, the agent may ask you to rearrange your appointment for another day and time and deny access, we cannot guarantee the property will still be available at the later date.

 

Whilst in the property, please do not touch any contents, please catch all coughs and sneezes in a tissue and dispose of the tissue correctly.

 

Notice to Tenants, Landlords/Vendors & Contractors

 

If we have an upcoming viewing at your property and you are currently unwell with symptoms of Covid-19 or have been diagnosed with Covid-19 please contact our office as soon as possible in the strictest of confidence. All viewings will be postponed until further notice at the property.

 

Any Contractors who have symptoms of Covid-19 or have been diagnosed with Covid-19 should advise our office as soon as possible, any work orders assigned to them will be reallocated to another contractor and no new work orders will be assigned to them until we have received confirmation they have fully recovered.

 

Any parties who have recently travelled back from any of the affected areas should follow the guidelines as per the WHO (World Health Organisation) and self-isolate for 14 days.

 

What is Covid-19?

 

Coronavireses (CoV) are a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV). A novel coronavirus (nCoV) is a new strain that has not been previously identified in humans.  

Coronaviruses are zoonotic, meaning they are transmitted between animals and people.  Detailed investigations found that SARS-CoV was transmitted from civet cats to humans and MERS-CoV from dromedary camels to humans. Several known coronaviruses are circulating in animals that have not yet infected humans. 

Common signs of infection include respiratory symptoms, fever, cough, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties. In more severe cases, infection can cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure and even death. 

Standard recommendations to prevent infection spread include regular hand washing, covering mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing, thoroughly cooking meat and eggs. Avoid close contact with anyone showing symptoms of respiratory illness such as coughing and sneezing.

 

How to protect yourself:

 

Basic protective measures against the new coronavirus

  • Stay aware of the latest information on the COVID-19 outbreak, available on the WHO website and through your national and local public health authority. COVID-19 is still affecting mostly people in China with some outbreaks in other countries. Most people who become infected experience mild illness and recover, but it can be more severe for others. Take care of your health and protect others by doing the following:
  • Wash your hands frequently
  • Regularly and thoroughly clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water.
  • Why? Washing your hands with soap and water or using alcohol-based hand rub kills viruses that may be on your hands.
  • Maintain social distancing
  • Maintain at least 1 metre (3 feet) distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing.
  • Why? When someone coughs or sneezes they spray small liquid droplets from their nose or mouth which may contain virus. If you are too close, you can breathe in the droplets, including the COVID-19 virus if the person coughing has the disease.
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth
  • Why? Hands touch many surfaces and can pick up viruses. Once contaminated, hands can transfer the virus to your eyes, nose or mouth. From there, the virus can enter your body and can make you sick.
  • Practice respiratory hygiene
  • Make sure you, and the people around you, follow good respiratory hygiene. This means covering your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze. Then dispose of the used tissue immediately.
  • Why? Droplets spread virus. By following good respiratory hygiene, you protect the people around you from viruses such as cold, flu and COVID-19.
  • If you have fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical care early
  • Stay home if you feel unwell. If you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical attention and call in advance. Follow the directions of your local health authority.
  • Why? National and local authorities will have the most up to date information on the situation in your area. Calling in advance will allow your health care provider to quickly direct you to the right health facility. This will also protect you and help prevent spread of viruses and other infections.
  • Stay informed and follow advice given by your healthcare provider
  • Stay informed on the latest developments about COVID-19. Follow advice given by your healthcare provider, your national and local public health authority or your employer on how to protect yourself and others from COVID-19.
  • Why? National and local authorities will have the most up to date information on whether COVID-19 is spreading in your area. They are best placed to advise on what people in your area should be doing to protect themselves.
  • Protection measures for persons who are in or have recently visited (past 14 days) areas where COVID-19 is spreading
  • Follow the guidance outlined above.Stay at home if you begin to feel unwell, even with mild symptoms such as headache and slight runny nose, until you recover. Why? Avoiding contact with others and visits to medical facilities will allow these facilities to operate more effectively and help protect you and others from possible COVID-19 and other viruses.If you develop fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical advice promptly as this may be due to a respiratory infection or other serious condition. Call in advance and tell your provider of any recent travel or contact with travellers. Why? Calling in advance will allow your health care provider to quickly direct you to the right health facility. This will also help to prevent possible spread of COVID-19 and other viruses.

For full details and advice please checkout https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/advice-for-public

 

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