WE'RE GOOD TO GO SCHEME
Last updated: 22nd February 2021
The UK Government has announced a road-map for the relaxation of the COVID restrictions in England over the coming months. Key points impacting visitors are:
From the 17th May (at the earliest) - the hospitality industry will be re-opened: hotels, guest-houses, restaurants, pubs, indoor museums.
From the 21st June (at the earliest) - most remaining COVID restrictions removed e.g. the limits on numbers for large events.
Whilst people will be encouraged not to travel at this time: from the 12th April certain elements of the hospitality and tourism industry can re-open. This includes outdoor attractions such as zoos and I suspect Stonehenge. Self-contained accommodation e.g. AirBnB will be allowed to re-open as will the outdoor sections of restaurants and pubs e.g. beer gardens. All retail shops will also be able to open from this date.
To summarise: from the 12th April a limited form of tourism may be possible with a more "normal" form of tourism being possible from the 17th May. I should add that these dates are subject to certain Government criteria being met and they are "at the earliest" dates!
No news was given on changes to entry requirements for overseas visitors. As soon as the UK Government provides an update on these I will let you know, in the meantime the existing requirements remain in place. Full details on the current restrictions in place in the United Kingdom, including information for overseas visitors, can be found on the UK Government website: www.gov.uk/coronavirus.
Would you like to see Bath before the 12th April? I have started running live virtual tours of Bath which can be enjoyed from the comfort of your home. Please message me for details. For locals interested in learning more about their city I have created a self-guided audio tour in a beautiful part of Bath which you can enjoy during your lock-down exercise - please click here for more information.
WE'RE GOOD TO GO
Bath Insider Tours has been awarded the "We're Good to Go" certification by the National Tourism Board of England to recognise it is following government and industry COVID-19 guidelines and has appropriate measures in place. Bath Insider Tours is good to go and I am looking forward to showing visitors around once again!
All of my tours, except the new 2 hour public walking tour, are private which gives you the advantage and reassurance of being just you and your family/friends on the tour.
If you are booking a tour please be aware:
All tours requiring transport will use a private, licensed vehicle which will have been cleaned for your tour. It will be just you, your family/friends and I in the vehicle.
All guests are asked to wear a face-covering when they are inside the vehicle, I will also be wearing a face-covering in the vehicle. If you do not have a face-covering I will provide disposable ones.
Face-coverings are not required when we are outdoors but if you prefer to wear one please do. I will have a face-visor with me which I will wear if you would like me to.
For my 2 hour public walking tour I will encourage and help guests to adopt appropriate social distancing between different households. To assist with this I have limited the group size of this public tour to 10 people.
Hand-sanitiser is available for all tours.
Attractions are restricting visitor numbers and all visits have to be pre-booked for a specific time-slot. If this applies to your tour (e.g. Stonehenge tours) I will book your tickets and the appropriate time-slot upon receipt of your booking. Please ensure that you are ready for pick-up at the start time specified for your tour.
Attractions have introduced their own measures to allow them to safely re-open. Where appropriate I have highlighted these on the individual tour page.
To support the NHS Test and Trace I am required to ask you for a contact number. This data along with your name will be kept on record for 21 days. During this time it will only be shared with the NHS Test and Trace if it is required to help stop the spread of COVID-19.
If you or a member of your group are feeling unwell before the tour please call me to cancel the tour. All tours that are cancelled up to an hour before the start time of the tour will receive a full refund minus any 3rd party costs that have already been incurred (e.g. card transaction fee, admission tickets).
The above measures will remain in place until the UK Government and Industry COVID-19 advice deem that they are no longer necessary.
If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me.