The Executive has agreed a package of relaxations to the current Coronavirus Health Regulations.
A summary of current restrictions for tourism and hospitality businesses can be found here.
For a summary of restrictions in place across all areas of life, please visit NI Direct’s ‘COVID-19 regulations guidance: what the restrictions mean for you’.
Tourism NI and the Department for the Economy has produced guidance called ‘Working Safely During COVID-19 in Tourism and Hospitality Businesses’. This document can be used for any business in the tourism and hospitality business as and when they are permitted to operate. It outlines ways in which you can operate your business as safely as possible during COVID-19. An update to the guidance was issued on 16th August 2021, amalgamating all previous versions.
The most up-to-date regulations can always be found at NIDirect.
This document sets out guidance on how to work safely within tourism and hospitality businesses. 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 and informed by the NI Tourism Recovery Working Group, the 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 Northern Ireland Executive’s Pathway out of Restrictions;
- Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2020.
- Business Closures and Restrictions in Northern Ireland
Businesses must adhere to the re-opening dates and restrictions relating to each part of their business. They should also take into consideration restrictions that may apply to its customer base.
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.
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.
For further information, please contact our Helpline via our online form available here or call us on 028 9592 5313, lines open Monday to Friday 10am-1pm.
If you are calling outside these times, please leave a message or email and one of our team will contact you as soon as possible.
Sectoral Guidelines – Venues and Attractions
As part of the Tourism NI Tourism Enterprise Development (TED) Programme, this webinar was designed for industry within the NI Visitor Attractions sector and was aimed at helping you make sure you are ready for reopening and welcoming back visitors to your business when restrictions begin to ease. The webinar is available to view below.
Department for Communities - Culture and Heritage Destination Venues
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
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