Guidance for Small Activities and Experiences
An update to the ‘Working safely during COVID-19 in the Visitor Economy’ guidance has been issued on 31 July 2020. Key changes in the document are marked with a blue bullet point both in the contents page and section headings. They include updated references to social distancing and ventilation, information about customer toilets, updated references to face coverings; and updated information about Test & Trace, Weddings & Civil Partnerships, Business & Leisure Events, and Entertainment.
Working safely during COVID-19 in the Visitor Economy
This document sets out guidance on how to work safely within the visitor economy, with a particular focus on hotels and tourist accommodation. It takes account of practical considerations and recognises that the detailed arrangements may be different for each business. 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.
Sectoral Guidance - Small Activities and Experiences
As part of the Tourism NI Tourism Enterprise Development (TED) Programme, we looked at specific guidelines for small accommodation providers with Sharon Scott, Place Solutions. You can view the webinar below and download the presentation.
Department for Communities - Culture and Heritage Destination Venues
Working Safely during Covid-19, in restaurants, pubs, bars and takeway services - https://covid19.tourismni.com/guidancehospitality/
Working Safely during Coronvirus - https://www.gov.uk/guidance/working-safely-during-coronavirus-covid-19
Risk Assessment tools - https://www.hse.gov.uk/risk/assessment.htm
Guidance on the phased return of sport and recreation - https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-on-phased-return-of-sport-and-recreation
DAERA - Gradual opening of outdoor recreation sites - https://www.nidirect.gov.uk/articles/covid-19-gradual-reopening-outdoor-recreation-sites
Using a boat inland and on the coast - https://www.gov.uk/guidance/covid-19-coronavirus-using-a-boat-inland-and-on-the-coast
Transport and travel guidance - https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/coronavirus-covid-19-transport-and-travel-guidance
Guidance to various information and links - https://www.ukhospitality.org.uk/page/GuidesandToolkits
Working through it Together: A Practical Guide to Making work places safer - https://www.lra.org.uk/resources/covid-19-working-through-it-together-practical-guide-making-workplaces-safer
Staying Safe around Quarries - https://www.nidirect.gov.uk/articles/staying-safe-around-quarries
Coronavirus Regulations and Recovery Plan - https://www.nidirect.gov.uk/information-and-services/coronavirus-covid-19/regulations-and-recovery-plan
General information on Leave no Trace - https://www.leavenotraceireland.org/enjoy-a-healthy-and-safe-visit-to-our-outdoors/
General information- links to other guidance - https://www.nidirect.gov.uk/articles/covid-19-gradual-reopening-outdoor-recreation-sites
Safer Public Places- Urban Centres and Green Spaces - https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/media/5ebbb57ae90e070831aeb0d3/Guidance_Safer_Public_Places_During_Covid_v5.8.pdf
Natural Resource Wales
Guidance for reopening natural and outdoor cultural sites for recreation - https://cdn.naturalresources.wales/media/691868/guidance-for-reopening-natural-and-outdoor-cultural-sites-for-recreation-final.pdf
Guidance for Wildlife, Adventure & Activity Tourism Operators in Scotland - http://www.wild-scotland.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/Covid-19-Guidance-Wild-Scotland-18-June-Update.pdf
Guidance for Wildlife, Adventure & Activity Tourism Operators in Scotland - http://www.wild-scotland.org.uk/industry/wild-scotland-covid-19-guidance-for-the-wildlife-adventure-and-activity-sector-in-scotland/
Guidance from your Sector
UKHospitality, NIHF and Hospitality Ulster guidance
Visitor Safety Group:
COVID-19 Guidance for Tour Guiding:
British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums:
Sport & Recreation Alliance:
International Show Caves Association:
Canoe Association Northern Ireland:
Working Safely during Coronavirus-Covid-19 in Forestry - https://www.ukfisa.com/news-events/news/working-safely-during-coronavirus-covid-19-in-forestry.html
Considerations for the Global Attractions Industry - https://iaapa.org/reopening-guidance-considerations-attractions-industry
Royal National Lifeboat Institution - https://rnli.org/
Royal Yachting Association - https://www.rya.org.uk/Pages/Home.aspx