Wednesday 9th September 2020.
Clarification of the latest government guidelines announcement.
The latest government announcement about social gatherings limited to six people does not put an end to group day trips, holidays and other events.
There has already been confusion over what is allowed when privately and informally planned compared to what a business can now safely and legally offer.
The new legal prohibition is designed to enable the authorities to crack down on privately and informally organised gatherings where no social distancing is being observed and comes on the back of rises in positive tests among younger people.
Here is the important distinction from the guidance that applies to coach trips and group visits...
Businesses and venues following COVID-19 Secure guidelines can host larger groups... Premises or locations which are COVID-19 Secure will be able to hold more than 30 people, subject to their own capacity limits, although any individual groups should not interact with anyone outside of the group they are attending with. In other words, group events are permitted when professionally organised by businesses who have made risk assessments and put in place good practices for Covid-19 safety. It is important, of course, that within the larger group people maintain social distancing between household and bubble groups. Your coach operator and tour operator will have taken steps to make sure that this can happen.
It would be good if the government made particular references to coach trips to help clear up any confusion, especially as our sector has been particularly affected by the pandemic and yet excluded from financial supports given to shops, restaurants and other leisure businesses. It hasn’t happened yet so it is up to our sector to keep going and to keep you safe and properly informed.
We hope this clears up any confusion
Keep safe and kind regards
Alan, Paul and all the staff at A&P Travel.