Guidance for businesses within the visitor economy
This guidance is designed to help businesses in the visitor economy sector to put steps in place so that they can reopen as safely as possible during the COVID-19 pandemic, keeping to the recommended social distancing guidelines.
It has been prepared by the Department for the Economy, in partnership with Tourism NI, with input from the NI Tourism Recovery Working Group and in consultation with Public Health Agency (PHA), the Health and Safety Executive NI (HSENI) and key Executive Departments, and has been shared with trade unions.
This guidance should be considered and applied in line with:
The guidance provides key considerations that each business will need to translate into specific actions for its own unique circumstances. A site-by-site approach is essential and the risk assessment will differ for every business.
It does not supersede any legal obligations and it is important that as a business or an employer you continue to comply with your existing statutory obligations.
Each one of us must play our part in tackling the pandemic and there is an onus on individuals to operate responsibly, in line with the latest public health guidance. Owners are responsible for the conduct of their businesses and should consider how they communicate with both their staff and customers in this regard.
The Visitor Economy Guidance is an overarching piece of guidance for all businesses working in the Visitor Economy about how to work safely in different types of workplace.
Working safely during COVID-19 in the Visitor Economy
Further resources designed for specific sectors has been produced to provide best practise for businesses to get ready to reopen.
- Working Safely during Covid-19 in Hotels and Tourist Accommodation
- Working Safely during Covid-19 in Restaurants, Pubs, Bars and Food Services
Due to the evolving nature of the COVID-19 pandemic, the information contained within these guidelines can change from time-to-time.
Other key links include:
NI Direct: Coronavirus (COVID-19):
Coronavirus: Workplace safety guidance and priority sector list:
COVID-19: What you need to do
Support for businesses and employers during coronavirus (COVID-19)
General guidance for employees during coronavirus (COVID-19)
Coronavirus (COVID-19): safer travel guidance for passengers:
Coronavirus (COVID-19): safer air travel guidance for passengers:
COVID-19: Working Through This Together - A Practical Guide To Making Workplaces Safer:
UNWTO, Global Guidelines to Restart Tourism