Taking all reasonable measures to minimise the risk of exposure to Coronavirus in workplaces and premises open to the public - Welsh Govt. Guidance
The Welsh Government has now published updates to all our Guidance documents (05/08/20) Taking all reasonable measures to minimise the risk of exposure to coronavirus in workplaces and premises open to the public which covers the circumstances when there is no alternative but to go below 2m.
Two metres remains the default position, but it is recognised that in some circumstances , such as delivering food to a table, that will not be possible. Everything possible should be done to implement mitigating measures, it is for business owners to consider this as part of the risk assessment but as indicated in the guidance examples would include:
• improved respiratory hygiene – for example by providing more bins for used tissues
• more frequent cleaning, in particular of shared facilities such as toilets and kitchens
• encouragement of washing hands well for 20 seconds with soap regularly and after close contact or touching
• provision of extra hand-washing facilities and ensuring adequate supplies
• controlling use of premises, for example by:
o reducing the number of people on premises at any one time including by adopting an appointment system
o controlling entry and exit points, including where possible requiring to enter through one door and exit through another
o controlling the way people walk around premises
o re-arranging furniture or workplaces in such a way as to reduce face to face interaction
• minimising loud noises which will require people to shout
• avoiding close face to face interaction, for example by:
o seating people back to back or front to back
o erecting physical barriers or screens between people.
o wearing appropriate protective equipment such as three-layered face coverings which comply with WHO guidance.
Note: The onus is on the business to comply with guidance, including collecting TTP data, and Welsh Government is looking to protect those who are complying, by developing additional powers for Local authorities to close businesses that are not complying.
The First Minister has announced that, from 3rd August:
` If conditions remain favourable, from 10 August:
The new industry guide and toolkit of assets (Addo/Visit Wales.Safely.) are now available. Welsh and English versions all on this link to the Wales brand kit site . In practical format it is based on industry feedback from forum members in particular and will be regularly updated. It currently includes:
To make it easy for you to have a flavour, I’ve attached the main document and please use this link to view some examples
DCMS launched an inquiry in April to gather experiences from the diverse sectors under it's remit on how Covid-19 was affecting them.
Section 4 deals with the impact on tourism, however it is obviously a little retrospective. It recognises the extreme impact of the lock-down foe example 'Visitor attractions, including museums and galleries, are being hit hard as a result. Not only are these organisations facing an end to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme in October, they have also largely depleted their financial reserves and are looking at the prospect of only being able to open at a reduced capacity with social distancing measures in place'.
Also of note it gives recognition to issues of 'capacity constraints that arise from the requirements of social distancing make yield management and smoothing out demand more important than ever. The Eat Out to Help Out programme will help shift some demand to trough days. Doubtless attractions, transport providers and lodgings will re-examine their own promotional programmes to maximise yield in these circumstances, and where relevant, attractions will look at their opening hours/days.
The report calls for DCMS to go further in supporting work to reduce the seasonality of the UK tourism industry. Noting its importance ofr next years, due to the problem of booking deferrals and concomitant loss of income for a second year in a row. In its response to this report, DCMS should set out its plans for supporting an extension of the holiday season.
Also an issue that WTA has called for as a matter of urgency, DCMS should introduce a Tourism Data Hub to assess visitor intention for 2021 so that the industry can plan ahead for next year.
The full report can be downloaded from
Business Secretary Alok Sharma made a statement in the House of Commons (16/07/20) on the Government’s plans for seamless internal trade for businesses across the UK once the UK leaves the transition period at the end of the year. These plans are now open for consultation. In summary, the plans propose t
o enshrine two principles into law:
The proposals laid out in this new White Paper will remain open for consultation for four weeks (until 13 August). I
Meeting (15) of Tourism Group – Thursday, 2 July Minutes and 26th June 2020...
The Home Office has announced the new points based immigration system that will take effect from 1 January 2021. It will treat EU and non-EU citizens equally. Irish citizens will continue to be able to enter and live in the UK as they do now. Relevant for tourism:
Permission to travel requirement:
Points based system:
EU citizens living in the UK by 31 December 2020:
The government has launched a new public information campaign to help businesses and individuals prepare for the end of the Brexit transition period. The campaign will target UK citizens intending to travel to Europe from 1 January 2021, UK nationals living in the EU and EU, EEA or Swiss citizens living in the UK. Business and citizens may need to take action regardless of the type of agreement reached with the EU, and the actions people and business owners need to take will vary based on their circumstances. They include:
The First Minister has set out a timetable for reopening Wales’ visitor economy following a 21-day review period. See below for the dates businesses can reopen:
From 11th July
From 13th July
From 20th July
The following provisional dates have also been announced:
From 25th July
From 27th July
A final decision about reopening these sectors will depend on conditions and feedback from the initial opening of the tourism industry, indoor attractions and hairdressing sector. The next formal review is due by 30 July with detailed discussions about how indoor hospitality can operate in a coronavirus-safe way ongoing. Options for reopening will be considered from 3 August, if conditions allow. The Welsh Government is also making changes to the regulations to allow larger gatherings of up to 30 people outdoors only where these are organised and supervised by a responsible person for sports and other leisure activities and classes.
The law will continue to make the 2m distance the default position for physical distancing, but given the challenges faced by the hospitality, beauty industry and other sectors, where a 2m distance cannot be reasonably maintained at all times. the regulations will require businesses to put in place a set of additional measures to minimise the risk of the virus spreading.
Tourism and hospitality businesses across Mid Wales have been praised for their positive collaboration with each other and their communities, as the region prepares to reopen to visitors following the pandemic lockdown. Val Hawkins, chief executive of MWT Cymru, which represents more than 600 tourism and hospitality businesses across Powys, Ceredigion and the Meirionnydd region of Gwynedd, is impressed by the ways many businesses are helping each other and consulting with communities about reopening.
As the Welsh Government continues to lift travel restrictions in Wales, pub beer gardens, restaurants and cafes with outdoor seating, self-contained accommodation and caravan holiday parks will be allowed to reopen from July 11, if cases of coronavirus continue to fall. This follows the easement of restrictions on July 6, allowing journeys to outdoor tourist attractions and destinations.
MWT has been supporting members throughout this crisis to help keep businesses informed and access financial support, working closely with Visit Wales, Mid Wales Regional Tourism Forum, Wales Tourism Alliance and local authorities.
“Collaboration is going to be more important than ever to help the tourism sector bounce back from the severe impact of the pandemic on businesses and communities across Mid Wales,” said Mrs Hawkins. “We have undertaken specific research to understand how visitors, as well as local communities, feel about reopening and we are using these insights to develop our recovery programme.”
“The tourism sector employs 23,000 people in Mid Wales and generates over £1 billion annually to the local economy. Tourism is vital, now more than ever. We need people in Wales and beyond to choose Mid Wales as a destination.
“However, there is a delicate balance that needs to be struck in reopening. Safety is at the forefront of everybody’s minds, and all our member businesses are committed to creating a safe experience – both for visitors and our local communities.”
MWT is encouraging all businesses in Mid Wales to sign up for Visit Britain’s new industry standard mark, ‘We're Good To Go’.
“We’re Good To Go is the official UK mark to signal that a tourism and hospitality business has worked hard to follow Government and industry COVID-19 guidelines and has a process in place to maintain cleanliness and aid social distancing,” said Mrs Hawkins.
“When you see the ‘Good To Go’ accreditation logo on our Visit Mid Wales website, you can be confident that these businesses are operating in line with Welsh Government and Public Health Wales guidelines.“When visitors return, we also urge them to play their part to help keep our communities safe by practicing safe behaviours like social distancing, regular hand washing and wearing masks when in public spaces (e.g. shops, public transport).
“Visitors can help Mid Wales families and communities by shopping locally and visiting our local attractions. Every pound invested in our communities will help us recover from this pandemic.”
She added: “We must remember that even now, whilst lockdown is easing, coronavirus has not gone away. We need to adapt and recover, and this will be the collective responsibility of everyone. We hope that our visitors will support us and help Mid Wales to recover from this crisis.”
She said she had been heartened to see excellent examples of positive collaboration between businesses and communities during the lockdown and is confident this will continue.
“Businesses have been sharing ideas, creating opportunities to work together and supporting each other,” she added. “Our MWT Cymru Members Facebook Group is very active.
“Other businesses have used the lockdown to improve and change their accommodation ready to welcome back visitors.”
Mrs Hawkins quoted the awarding winning Fforest Fields caravan, camping and glamping site at Hundred House, near Llandrindod Wells as an excellent example of a member working with 13 other local businesses to respect their local community.
In a joint message to the community of the Edw Valley and surrounding area, the businesses said: "We are proud to call Radnorshire our home. Although each of our tourism businesses is different, we are united in safeguarding our local community as we look to re-open our businesses after lockdown.
“Before we are able to reopen, we want to reassure our friends and neighbours that we are treading cautiously and are focused on your safety. We are following guidelines and advice from policymakers, the Government, our governing bodies and business networks.
“We will do everything needed with due care and diligence. All our decisions will be weighted by our respect for our community and an understanding of the limits of our local health service.
“Tourism is an important sector for the local economy. Our guests come here because they love the rural beauty of Mid Wales and want to escape their day to day lives. They are respectful and supportive. We want to work to ensure there is harmony between those living and working here and those visiting when the time is right.
“We openly ask anyone who lives and works within the community of the Edw Valley and surrounding area to get in touch if they have any concerns or questions. We thank you for the support shown by so many of you during this difficult time for our businesses, families and teams."