“We’re good to go”

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Many other countries like Spain, Portugal, Tunisia and many Caribbean countries have been diligently setting up and operating a certification scheme to allow accommodation providers, attractions and other suppliers of tourist services to indicate they have passed checking and train in maintaining customer safety as it relates to coronavirus.

The sign that organisations have follwed government guidelines for protecting us.

The UK has been a little slow to create a similar scheme but it is now under way. When launched it will enable holidaymakers to feel more comfortable that the providers of the services they have bought have done as much as possible to look after us.

The scheme, covering England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales means businesses can demonstrate that they are adhering to the respective Government and public health guidance, have carried out a COVID-19 risk assessment and checked that they have the required processes in place.

To obtain the mark businesses must complete an online self-assessment including a check-list confirming they have put the necessary processes in place, before receiving certification and the We’re Good To Go mark for display in their premises and online.

Requiring further thought is how these organisations are tracked to make sure that they are continuing to comply. What they might say to gain accreditation might not be what they practise so how can visitors be assured that they do?

Businesses across the UK are assessed according to their respective national guidance including the social distancing and cleanliness protocols that must be in place.

The self-assessment includes specific guidelines for sectors including accommodation, visitor attractions, restaurants and pubs, business conference and events venues and tour and coach operators with signposting to further industry and trade.

Alongside the industry standard VisitEngland is also launching a Know Before You Go public information campaign to support tourism in England as businesses start to re-open, reassuring visitors as restrictions are lifted by checking about what it is safe to do and when and sign-posting to information about destinations and available services before travelling. 

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