The NI Executive has updated regulations concerned with reducing the transmission of COVID-19 within the community.
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 11th December 2020, 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.
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Sectoral Guidance - Hotels
As part of the Tourism NI Tourism Enterprise Development (TED) Programme, this webinar was designed for industry within the NI Hotels 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.
Sectoral Guidelines – Non Hotel Accommodation
As part of the Tourism NI Tourism Enterprise Development (TED) Programme, this webinar was designed for industry within the NI Non Hotel Accommodation 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.
Other Key Government Guidance
Guidance from your Sector (Sectoral body guidance):
Further guidance has been produced across sector groups to provide businesses with best practise advice for reopening safely.
UKHospitality in partnership with Hospitality Ulster and NIHF ‘COVID-19 advice and risk assessments for hospitality businesses (Northern Ireland)’ for hospitality and visitor sector businesses in Northern, aimed at supporting the safe reopening of the sector in line with overarching Government Guidance. This includes advice for hotels; self-catering and short term lets; bed and breakfast; holiday parks; camping and caravanning and hostels.
UKHospitality, NIHF and Hospitality Ulster guidance
British Holiday & Home Parks Association guidance:
National Caravan Council:
Association of Scotland’s Self-Caterers: https://www.assc.co.uk/policy/cleaning-protocols-for-self-catering-properties-in-the-context-of-covid-19/
The information provided gives some guidance and assistance on Covid-19 (new coronavirus) for your tourism business. The guidance is not designed to be definitive but highlights areas that you should consider. Each business has its own requirements, depending on the type of business it is and the guests it attracts, therefore, if you require precise or detailed information on anything mentioned in this guidance, or on the legal implications for you in particular, you should seek professional legal advice.