We appreciate the added concern globally around COVID-19 and it’s management. New Zealand has specific alert levels which require different approaches/behaviours/actions. Due to the fact that New Zealand has the ‘alert level system’ in place, we have our own Standard Operating Procedures (SOP’s) for each alert level. Our SOPs are consistent with the New Zealand Government’s guidelines for each alert level.
For specific information about procedures and protocols at The George relevant to each Alert Level you are welcome to download our Human Health & Pandemics Policy or refer to our What To Expect page.
Last Update 21.09.2021
Human Health Pandemic SOP/Policy document updated (gathering numbers for events & dining)
Last Update 17.09.2021
The George has been accredited and recognised as COVID Clean endorsed by Qualmark
Last Update 08.09.2021 @ 6pm
Human Health Pandemic SOP/Policy document updated (events & dining)
Last Update 08.09.2021 @ 9.50am
Human Health Pandemic SOP/Policy document updated (mask-wearing at Level 2)
Last Update 06.09.2021 @ 5.31pm
Human Health Pandemic SOP/Policy document updated (Level 2 updates)
Last Update 23.08.2021
Human Health Pandemic SOP/Policy document updated (Level 3 updates)
Last Update 18.08.2021 @ 1.45pm
As of 11.59pm tonight (18/08/2021) masks will be mandatory for staff and guests. Guests do not have to wear masks in their rooms, however, we ask that if you are receiving room service or housekeeping packs that you wear a mask. The hotel has sufficient stock for staff and guests.
Last Update 18.08.2021 @ 12.53pm
New Zealand is now at Alert Level 4 with the South Island to remain there until at least midnight Friday 20 August. As an essential service the hotel will continue to operate, but with significantly reduced services. The George has therefore implemented Alert Level 4 protocols throughout the hotel. These include;
- 50 Bistro will operate only for Room Service with guests ordering from the 'door knob' menu for breakfast and a reduced menu for lunch and dinner.
- Public areas are not available for use by guests.
- We will not be offering a daily housekeeping or turndown service. Guests will be able to call Reception Dial '0' and request a ‘housekeeping pack’. This will have basic cleaning materials and items to restock your room such as fresh towels.
- There will be no overnight Room Service and no luggage service. As we work to keep our team and their whanau (families) safe we request that guests carry their own bags. You may use our luggage trolleys, we will sanitise the trolley after each use.
- There will be no dry-cleaning or guest laundry service. Guests will be able to use the self-service facilities on level three however these will be available for one guest at a time with four time slots per day. Hotel guests will need to contact reception to book a time slot.
- Guests will be asked to observe strict isolation policies while the lockdown is in place. We (staff and guests) must attempt to keep 2 metres separation from others, and where this is not possible, at least 1 metre.
- Guests must stay in their rooms, or only venture into public areas if you can maintain a 2m separation. This means you should not enter a lift if anyone else is in it and should try and avoid passing others in the corridor.
Last Update 14.12.2020 @ 10.20am
The George has received the World Travel and Tourism Council Safe Travels Stamp identifying our business has having a COVID Ready Plan and represents that The George operates within and is aligned with the New Zealand Government and tourism association guidelines. The George is also proud to be recognised by Tourism Export Council with a COVID Ready accreditation.
The George also participates in the Tourism Export Council Tourism Trade Checklist as assurance of our commitment to the highest standards of health, safety, hygiene and guest safety.
Last Update 13.08.2020 @ 12.13pm
New Zealand is now at Alert Level 2 (excluding the Auckland region). The George has therefore implemented Alert Level 2 protocols throughout the hotel.
Last Update 25.06.2020 @ 15.45
Please be assured of your safety when staying with us as The George is not a self-isolation or quarantine facility.
Last Updated 03 June 2020 @ 10.00
Daily room servicing will re-commence as of 04.06.2020.
Last Updated 13 May 2020 @ 10.00
Alert Level 2:
50-Bistro will be open for dining at Alert Level 2.
The George is also available for events and meetings at Alert Level 2 (strict procedures and a limited number of venues are in place for these).
We will be offering our full range of products and services in 50 Bistro including:
Takeaway & delivery high teas
Takeaway & delivery meal service
Social distancing measures will be in place including a reduced number of seats available in our restaurant.
We will be observing the 'single server' rule.
We will be able to accept bookings with a maximum of 10 guests.
Contact tracing will also be in place using this system www.simpletrace.nz. A poster with a QR code will placed at the entry to the restaurant. Please scan the QR code upon entry and add in the relevant details as required.
For those guests without a cellphone, or without this functionality on their device, a manual list will be maintained. Please be assured that these details will be retained for the purposes of Ministry of Health contact tracing only.
Accommodation is available for non-essential travel.
Last Updated 28.04.2020 @ 13.40
The George - accommodation is available for essential services only.
Takeaway and delivery meals are available including a special high tea menu and limited lunch/dinner menu. Contactless payment forms only and contactless pick-up and delivery. To order phone 03 379 4560 or email [email protected] Orders must be placed 48 hours in advance. Orders can be placed between 0900 and 1600. Delivery times are between 1100 and 1830. For deliveries, a minimum spend of $35 is required and an $8 delivery charge will apply.
Takeaway coffee is available from 0700 to 1800 each day by texting 021 507841. Contactless payment forms only and social distancing is required.
Last Updated 20.04.2020 @ 08.45
The George is available for essential services accommodation only.
Last Updated 25.03.2020 @ 10.30
New Zealand is moving into alert level 4 later today, to protect our community from the spread of Covid-19. Everyone in New Zealand is required to stay home as of 11.59 pm Wednesday.
The government has recognised the need for essential accommodation during this time for those who do not have a home to go to in New Zealand. We wish to inform you that our five-star boutique hotel; The George in Christchurch, will be open as an essential accommodation provider for the next twelve weeks. Our teams pride themselves on being able to continuously provide comfort and caring hospitality in these challenging times.
Our number one priority is the health, safety and wellbeing of our guests and team members. We are closely monitoring the developments around the world and follow the guidelines of the World Health Organisation, government and relevant authorities, to ensure the actions we are taking are comprehensive and suitable.
As these are unprecedented times, it will not be business as usual, and we have implanted changes to our daily operations as listed below.
Dining: We will not be offering our usual restaurant service, however, as mentioned, we will have room service available for guests. Room service will be at limited times, but rest assured it will be delicious and convenient for meals three times a day. Our chef will be able to adhere to any dietary requirements. We are not able to offer this service 24 hours.
Laundry services: The George offers laundry facilities for inhouse guests. We will limit the laundry area to one guest at the time. If a guest feels unwell, they will not be able to leave their room. Dry cleaning services will not be available during this time.
Housekeeping: To reduce contact, a weekly room service pack will be available (clean linen, soap, shampoo and towels, etc.), but not our usual daily housekeeping service. A complete service will be done every 14 days. We will not be able to offer our usual evening turndown service, and guests instead will be provided with a welcome gift in their room upon arrival.
Porter services: Not available at this time, guests will be asked to carry their bags to their rooms.
Gym facilities: Not available at this time. We do however have an in-room Les Mills exercise programme on tv.
Guests who require to be in self-isolation: Will be expected to stay in their rooms and follow strict self-isolation guidelines. Our reception team will be able to coordinate for these guests to enter through public areas when there are no other guests present, so they can go for some fresh air and a walk.
Last Updated 19.03.2020 @ 13.00
The well-being of our guests, our people and our community is our top priority. To keep you safe and help you prepare for your stay at The George during the COVID-19 situation we’ve taken preventative measures to help stop the spread of any virus.
In response to the COVID-19 situation, we have taken additional measures to ensure our cleaning and hygiene protocols are even more rigorous.
Increased our cleaning regime in all public areas to ensure more frequent cleaning of surfaces
Increased the availability of hand sanitisers to staff and guests throughout the hotel
Implemented additional check in procedures including additional questions about your travel
What to expect:
On Check In - There are a few additional questions which we will ask on check-in. these are for the safety of you and our other guests and the wellbeing of our team. The questions are:
Have you recently come from overseas?
If yes to the above, what date did you arrive?
Have you travelled through any high-risk regions in the past 14 days?
Have you been in contact with anyone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19?
During Your Stay – As a health and safety precaution from Saturday 21st March we will not be offering a buffet breakfast service. We will still offer a full range of breakfast options via our a la carte menu.
If you start to feel unwell, please return to your room and phone reception (0) to let our team know. For the wellbeing of other guests and our team please isolate yourself in your room. Our team will advise you of the next steps.
What can I do?
Can I change my booking?
Yes, let us know if your plans change.
We remain committed to offering you flexible booking options. Given these unique circumstances, we are making additional adjustments to our individual booking policies to offer you convenience and peace of mind.
While travel restrictions remain in place, we will continue to waive change fees. If you need to adjust a reservation made through the website, please contact our Reservations team 0800 100 220 or 03 379 4560 or via email.
Can I cancel my booking?
Yes, you can cancel your booking. For existing bookings affected by new restrictions (i.e. the restrictions were not in place when you made your booking) imposed by authorities, either in your country of origin, transit country or NZ, within the cancellation period, we will waive any cancellation fees.
Will I get a refund if I cancel?
For existing bookings affected by new restrictions (i.e. the restrictions were not in place when you made your booking) imposed by authorities, either in your country of origin, transit country or NZ, within the cancellation period, we will waive any cancellation fees. If you made your booking after the travel restrictions were put in place the standard cancellation terms will apply.
If you need to change a reservation made through another travel booking site or agency please contact them directly for assistance.
For more information about travel restrictions, COVID-19, what you can do to keep yourself well or self isolation please visit the Ministry of Health website. If you feel unwell please call the Healthline on the number(s) below.
Healthline - 0800 358 5453 or for international SIMs +64 9 358 5453
For bookings beyond 30 June 2020 we want to remind you of the flexibility already built into our rates and packages that allow our guests to amend travel plans as necessary. Our Advance Purchase Rate allows you to change or cancel your reservation up to 48 hours prior to your arrival. Changing the date on a reservation may result in different pricing, but there is no fee for making changes. To ask about any booking contact our reservation team.
Whether you are travelling in the next 48-hours or in the future our team members remain ready to welcome you to The George.