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Suggested Cleaning & Guest Safety Guidance for MOC Members
Each owner on MOC makes their own business decisions. We do not dictate them but do require policies to be published so the traveler can easily find them and make their own decision. Our owners are caring and proactive individuals who actually live in the condo when they are on island. Most enjoy lots of repeat renters who appreciate the honesty and integrity of “their” owner and the very special accommodations they offer.
Though neither the owner nor the traveller are responsible for this pandemic, owners on our site have usually born the brunt of the financial hardship. They have lost income while allowing travelers to move their vacation forward so the traveler can still come to Maui. As we all learn more about COVID-19 and see it’s affects on every part of our lives, owners policies too have evolved.
With so many governors mandating travel quarantines and restrictions, most owners have changed prepayment dates to closer to arrival and added policies similar to airlines allowing credits should restrictions be imposed im the future. Please check with “your” owner for their specific info.
For more information on how Maui Owner Condos supports renters and owners in our Ohana and possible owner changes in cancellation and booking policies please view our COVID-19 Blog Post and Time on Maui during a Self-Quarantine
YES!! BEGINNING NOVEMBER 8, Hawai‘i’s 10-day mandatory self-quarantine will remain in place for only domestic travel from the U.S. and its Territories. The State of Hawai‘i will align with federal international requirements. There will be no additional State of Hawaiʻi requirements for passengers flying directly into Hawaiʻi from an international destination. The airlines will screen passengers prior to their departure to the U.S. International passengers entering the U.S. from another state or territory will be treated as domestic travelers when entering the State of Hawai‘i Click here for further information.
How to Avoid Quarantine:
Starting July 8, 2021, travelers vaccinated in the US and who are fully vaccinated shall not be subject to quarantine. Before traveling to Maui travelers must create an account at the Maui Safe Travels website. Health forms, flight info, vaccination info etc need to be uploaded there. More information can be found at https://hawaiicovid19.com/travel/faqs/
INTER-ISLAND TRAVELERS: If you are traveling between islands, you do not need to create a trip itinerary on Hawaii Safe Travels, take a COVID-19 test, or quarantine, regardless of your vaccination status or where you were vaccinated.
FOR ALL OTHER TRAVELERS: A negative COVID-19 test is required in order to travel to Hawaii. The test must be taken within 72 hours before my flight to Hawaii departs and it must be performed by a Hawaii travel partner. Travel partners are found at https://hawaiicovid19.com/travel-partners/
Maui still approves ONLY HOTELS for stays by those being required to quarantine. Quarantine is taken seriously and those breaking it are subject to arrest, hefty fines and “deportation” back home.
MAUI DOES REQUIRE MASKS: When inside stores, office buildings, restaurants etc. A mask is not needed when outdoors. These rules are evolving. For More info on Maui requirements Click Here. The penalties for violation of the mask mandate or any of the State of Hawaii Covid-19 rules is a fine of up to $5,000, a maximum of one year in jail, or both.
We require each member our Ohana to be a legal vacation rental. As such they must either have a license or operate in a resort property that does not require a license. They must have a Hawaii business license and display their Hawaii tax ID. We have a place at the top of the content area of every listing for this info. We track this info thru the county.
Currently Maui does not have standards in place for COVID-19 cleaning except to refer to the CDC. At Maui Owner Condos we have compiled these CDC suggestions as well as those presented by VRMA (Vacation Rental Managers Association) and suggestions by physician members working with various state health department to compile a comprehensive check list for owners to use when working with their cleaners and deciding policy.
You should know that the condos you can rent here already have much higher cleaning standards than most hotels and many condos not actively managed by their owners. Still we are fully outfitted homes and cleaning every surface, every pot and pan and every linen in the condo after each visit means doing a deep clean each time adds significant time to our cleans. With disinfecting and sanitizing you can expect to see a special Pandemic Cleaning fee or increase in rates. In addition, waiting 3-24 hours prior to allowing a cleaner into a unit after each stay as the CDC recommends means a significant increase in costs for our owners. It also means we can no longer accommodate back to back stays so don’t be surprised if an owner asks if you can move an arrival or departure by a day.
We have recommended an isotonic sprayer with HOCL (Hypochlorous Acid is currently approved on LIST-N of EPA approved disinfectants against COVID-19). Made using Electro Chemical Activation, the electrolyzed, antimicrobial biocide solution is safe on surface that touch food without needing to be rinsed off. It is also used to treat spinach and other foods to prevent other types of viruses and can remain active on a surface for an hour or more to deactivate any airborne virus that might settle on a treated surface.
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This guide for “MOC’s suggested Enhanced Covid-19 Cleaning” is based on updated resources from the CDC, WHO & the EPA and a review of cleaning checklists from leading vacation rental & hospitality sources. We will continually monitor CDC recommendations and update our policies and procedures as recommended. More info on our post
ENHANCED COVID-19 CLEANING/HOUSEKEEPING GUIDELINES: (To protect our “first responders” (cleaners) and insure our guests have a safe place to stay, the recommendations are based on the unlikely scenario that someone occupying the home could have been sick)
- Cleaners should
- do a temperature check prior to entering a condo to clean and should not report to work if they have any symptoms COVID-19
- Wash/sanitize hands prior to entering a condo and again when exiting. Best recommended hand washing uses soap & water
- Wear a mask & gloves when entering a unit, moving, pillows, removing linens, towels from bed, bath etc.
- Longer cleaning times are expected with appropriate increase in pay.
- FIRST STEP: Thorough cleaning including molding, ceiling fans and drapes, with CDC approved household cleaners & disinfectants that are appropriate for the surface
- Remove all magazines, tour guides, etc left by departing guest
- Wash hands or replace gloves after cleaning each room to prevent cross contamination if present
- On porous surfaces use a vacuum with HEPA filter to remove visible contamination if present and, if needed, clean with appropriate cleaners indicated for use on these surfaces prior to spraying with disinfectant
- Do not sweep floors with a broom; instead use a vacuum cleaner (with Hepa filter)
- Bedding & towels should not be shaken but bagged for cleaning off site or immediately laundered as appropriate in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions. If possible, launder items using the warmest appropriate water setting for the items and dry items completely.
- After each guest stay, properly clean all appliances and kitchen areas, including refrigerator shelving, the oven stovetop, coffee-makers, toasters, etc.
- Clean/disinfect cleaning tools a guest might use.
- 2nd STEP: DISINFECT/SANITIZE: After cleaning, disinfect all surfaces with appropriate EPA-registered disinfectants . Use of an electrostatic sprayer using Hypochlorous Acid is recommended as it is safe for asthmatics and can be safely sprayed on surfaces where food is handled without requiring rinsing.
- Use extra sanitization on frequently touched areas (thermostats, key pads, door knobs, appliance handles/knobs, phones, sink and toilet handles, railings, keypads, hangers,etc) as recommended by the CDC guidelines on cleaning and disinfecting
- Service requests should be considered with regard for the safety of maintenance providers and guests. To limit exposure, defer nonessential maintenance while the rental unit is occupied and handle only emergency or urgent issues as allowed by applicable law where possible
- Ensure that any HVAC/air filters have been replaced per the manufacturer’s directions. Consider whether more regular replacement of the filters is necessary. Use high filtration efficiency filters. Do not touch the surface of used air filters and remove and dispose of them with minimal disturbance using disposable gloves
- Coronaviruses naturally die in hours to days in typical indoor and outdoor environments. Viruses are killed more quickly by warmer temperatures and sunlight.
- If an area has not been occupied for 7 days – REGULAR CLEANING is all that is needed
- If an area is outside: Maintain regular cleaning standards
Please note, during the course of the pandemic; for protection of our guests and to comply with CDC guidelines requiring us to wash all linens, pots, pans, plates, utensils, etc whether used or not after each stay , the unit may no longer be outfitted with the extra linens and kitchen supplies many have come to expect in our condos. Same with magazines, books & tour pamphlets. We apologize and hope for your understanding during this limited time. Lists of food & equipment delivery services, activities that can be done in smaller groups and one time use items are provided. For your convenience, some of us have added disposable gloves, a few masks, & portable hand sanitizer to your welcome basket.
GUIDELINES FOR GUESTS to prevent getting ill
Condo Cleaning tips for Guests
- Follow “social distancing” guidelines, including avoiding overcrowding of units
- Maintain good hydration
- Wear masks in stores or outdoors and when you may come within 6’ of someone else.
- Wash hands frequently, especially if you’ve ventured outdoors and avoid touching your face with unwashed hands.
- When using common areas such as pools, activity courts, beach gates use the provided sanitizer and follow posted rule
- Read the list of guidelines & precautions provided in your unit ( It is advisable that each condo owner supply a list of precautions for guests to follow when they sign in.
Visit the Maui County Covid-19 website for newest guidelines and openings