Sleepovers are a special time when parents want to go all out to make their children feel extra loved, but sleepover parties are not immune to coronavirus and the need for extra precautions. So, if you’re confused about what to do right now, you’re not alone – even the experts do not have all of the answers.
The health and safety of our sleepover guests is our top priority so we have further reinforced our cleanliness procedures in light of the coronavirus outbreak. Our party creators are working very hard to keep children and other adults attending our sleepovers safe and have put special measures in place.
Coronavirus – what do we know so far?
We know that children are at low risk for serious symptoms connected with coronavirus, and common symptoms include dry cough, fever or a runny nose. In other words, most kids don’t end up getting seriously ill and usually have similar symptoms to the common cold.
There are no certain answers on hosting sleepover parties with many experts saying that parties of less than 10 children — all of whom are healthy — are OK. What you decide will depend on your personal comfort level but if none of the members of your family are considered high risk, then sleepovers are probably fine.
What are we doing to prevent the spread of Coronavirus?
We are keeping up-to-date with the latest advice from the UK government and relevant health authorities. Our party creators have been briefed on the latest information, and we have put measures in place to respond to any concerns that parents may have.
Increased cleaning of all equipment in addition to regular cleaning procedures
We have strict cleaning procedures in place in addition to our regular cleaning schedule to help keep our sleepover equipment sanitised before and after each sleepover party to ensure it is safe and germ-free.
All of our breakfast trays are thoroughly washed and wiped with antibacterial wipes as well as other high-touch surfaces such as the tent poles.
All of our bedding is washed at 60°
After each use, we launder all items including sheets, duvet covers, pillows and plush toys at 60° in accordance with the recommended temperature to actively kill viruses. We also rotate bedding between parties.
Ensuring our party creators are using hand sanitizer and washing hands
Our party creators have been advised to carry antibacterial gel with them so they can use it before they enter your home, as they leave and probably a million times in-between. They will also need to wash their hands on arrival at your property and before leaving.
What can you do to help?
You can help stop the spread of the virus by washing your hands regularly and having the kids wash theirs before entering the party area. This means getting them to sud-up their hands with soap and rubbing them together to clean all their fingers. You can get them to sing Happy Birthday or come up with another tune that lasts about 20 seconds to encourage them to thoroughly clean.
You can also set up a hand sanitising station, making sure the kids spread the gel well, getting it all over the hands and encourage the kids to catch coughs and sneezes in tissues.
I want to reschedule my sleepover
If you have booked a sleepover party with us and choose to cancel for any reason, the full deposit will be retained for you to reschedule the party at a later date.
We will continue to review our procedures in accordance with updated health advice. We hope that you and your family stay healthy and happy and look forward to celebrating with you.
For Further Information
It’s important to stay informed and listen to the advice of public health officials. If you would like more information visit the NHS website.