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As of July 3rd 2020, Northern Ireland’s tourism industry reopened for those who are permitted to travel on domestic breaks across Great Britain and Northern Ireland. There is no quarantine in place for individuals travelling from Great Britain to Northern Ireland. Those planning to travel from Great Britain to Northern Ireland, should continue to follow their local government’s advice regarding essential travel before considering any travel plans outside their country.
In the Republic of Ireland the Government has published a list of 15 countries where the travel advice will be to take normal precautions and people arriving to Ireland from these countries will not have to restrict their movements for 14 days. Visitors into Ireland from a location that is not on the green list, you will have to restrict their movements for 14 days. The list will be reviewed an updated every 14 days. For more information go to www.dfa.ie.
As in Great Britain, Northern Ireland's tourism and hospitality industry has adopted the "Good to Go" policy which presents certified evidence that a business has adhered to government guidelines and is safe to re-open. The programme is aimed at accommodation providers, visitor attractions, restaurants and pubs, business conference and events venues and tour and coach operators.
“We’re Good To Go” is the official 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.
The “We’re Good To Go” scheme is a way for tourism businesses to reassure visitors and guests that:
• They are adhering to government and public health guidance, including the social distancing and cleanliness protocols that must be in place.
• Have carried out a COVID-19 risk assessment.
• Have implemented the required health and safety processes to conduct business safely.
For more information inclusing listings of businesses that have signed up to the "We're Good To Go" scheme please click here.
The COVID-19 Safety Charter is a voluntary initiative for businesses in the Republic of Ireland that is designed to reassure visitors that government approved hygiene and safety procedures are in place. In addition to Ireland’s sector-specific operational guidelines for tourism businesses on how to meet government health recommendations, businesses signing up to the Charter and displaying the Charter logo are committing to observe and adhere to strict safety protocols.
Visitors can be assured that all businesses and their staff are displaying the COVID-19 Safety Charter logo have committed to strict hygiene and safety protocols and:
• Have a clear understanding of the COVID-19 infection.
• Are aware of their role and responsibility in preventing the spread of COVID-19.
• Have a clear understanding of the standard precautions needed to control infection.
• Consistently demonstrate correct hand-washing technique and practices.
• Apply all of this this knowledge throughout the businesses's operations.
To view the Fáilte Ireland Safety Charter video click here.
Tourism Ireland along with partners Fáilte Ireland and Tourism Northern Ireland recently presented information on safety protocols and the opening of businesses in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland respectively in a webinar on July 15th 2020. The information in this webinar is aimed at overseas tour operators and is based on safety protocols and safety charters created in response to Covid-19. The information is up to date as at the 15th of July 2020 and will be revised as further government updates are announced. To access the webinar please click here.
An up to date Q&A in relation to the webinar will be available here.
For the most up to date information please refer to the websites of the two relevant health authorities https://www.hse.ie/eng/ and https://www.publichealth.hscni.net/