UK businesses registered ‘We’re Good To Go’ get global ‘Safe Travels’ stamp
VisitBritain has today announced that tourism businesses in the UK registered to the ‘We’re Good To Go’ industry standard scheme can now be automatically issued with the international ‘Safe Travels’ stamp from the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC). Please read more here.
Update to restaurants, pubs, bars and takeaway services guidance (England)
The guidance has been updated with some information for Step 3 (no earlier than 17 May) of the roadmap and contains steps to protect yourself, your staff and your customers during coronavirus. In addition to the info below, businesses should make sure that they are familiar with the UK government guidance to ensure that they make their business safe during coronavirus.
Following the move to Step 3, businesses will be able to:
- Reopen indoor areas of their venues.
- Serve customers in groups of up to 6 or 2 households indoors, or in groups of up to 30 outdoors.
- There will also be some relaxation of rules around live performances, business events and soft play areas.
Businesses may wish to erect outdoor shelters. To be considered ‘outdoors’, shelters, marquees and other structures can have a roof but need to have at least 50% of the area of their walls open at all times whilst in use.
Table service will be required for venues that serve alcohol, even if no alcohol is ordered, this means customers must order, be served and eat/drink while seated. If a venue does not serve alcohol, customers can order and collect food and drink from a counter. But they must consume food and drink while seated at a table.
Entertainment within or outside restaurants, pubs, bars
At Step 3, no earlier than 17 May, more types of socially distanced indoor and outdoor events are allowed. Some types of events, including live performance events and business events, should have a cap on attendance of:
- 1,000 people or 50% of a venue’s capacity, whichever is lower – indoors
- 4,000 people or 50% of a venue’s capacity, whichever is lower – outdoors
These events should be ticketed. Read the organised events guidance for more information on the types of event subject to these requirements.
Any events should be held in a separate room from regular food and drink customers to prevent mixing with event attendees.
Businesses can continue to provide other types of entertainment to food and drink customers. The following guidance should be followed:
- Determine the viability of entertainment and maximum audience numbers. Make this consistent with social distancing outside and within venues, and with other safety considerations.
- Prevent entertainment, that is likely to encourage audience behaviours with increased transmission risk. For example, loud background music, communal dancing, group singing or chanting.
- Reconfigure your entertainment spaces to ensure customers are seated rather than standing. For example, repurposing dance floors for customer seating.
- Communicate clearly to customers your arrangements for entertainment. Clearly supervise them with extra staff if appropriate.
Changes to shops and branches guidance (England)
At Step 3, customers may attend shops in groups of up to 6 people or 2 households of any size indoors; or in groups of no more than 30 people outdoors.
Limit on mourners at funerals to be removed (England)
Legal limit on numbers of mourners at funerals to be removed in England at Step 3 of the roadmap. Venues such as places of worship are to set limits based on individual capacity. All organisers must continue to be COVID secure and follow social distancing rules
The Guidance for Tourism and Hospitality businesses has been updated and includes information for:
Operators of road, rail, tramway and water passenger services (e.g. coach, bus and tour operators, heritage railway and boat trips)-These are defined as Public Transport Services under the Coronavirus Regulations – the Welsh Government has issued Guidance on public transport(updated as of 12 April).
All tourism and hospitality businesses in Wales should also refer to section 7 of the Guidance for Tourism and Hospitality businesses (specificallygroup visits and organised activities) in respect of limits on the numbers of people that can gather in respective environments (including considerations around household mixing and organised activities).
If you’re itching to get out but want the reassurance that the venues you visit are safe to explore, look for the ‘We’re Good to Go’ logo. When you spot this handy green tick you’ll know that the teams looking after you are following all the appropriate government and industry COVID-19 guidance.
The ‘We’re Good to Go’ scheme has been created by VisitEngland and helps you to have a worry-free experience in South Warwickshire.
Here are our tips for getting out and about again:
- Know before you go – check the websites and information from the places you’d like to visit. There could be restrictions and you might have to pre-book.
- Follow guidance – the measures in place are to protect you and the teams working here.
- Take plenty of photos – share them with us on social media using #MyShakespearesEngland.
- Share your favourite places with friends – they’ll thank you for it and might recommend a new place for you to try, too!
The Belgrade Theatre
Royal Shakespeare Company – opening up July 2021
Coventry Transport Museum – Culture Coventry
Herbert Art Gallery & Museum
Coombe Abbey Hotel – open
Go Ape Coventry
Warwick Visitor Information Centre
The Rose and Crown
Park Cottage Guest House
British Motor Museum – opens on May 17th
Mercure Warwickshire Walton Hall Hotel & Spa
Compton Verney House Trust – open
The Howard Arms Ilmington
Daisy Lodge in Stratford upon Avon…
Hathaway Tea Rooms
Mercure Stratford-upon-Avon Shakespeare Hotel
Hotel Indigo Stratford Upon Avon – open
Hotel du Vin Stratford
Shakespeare’s Birthplace, the childhood home of William Shakespeare will reopen on Monday, 17 May
Anne Hathaway’s Cottage and Shakespeare’s New Place will reopen to visitors on Monday, 14 June
Crowne Plaza Stratford Upon Avon
Avon Boating Ltd – open
Shakespeare Distillery – open from May 17th
Billesley Manor Hotel and Spa
Go Cotswolds Ltd
Lord Leycester Hospital – open form 21st May