Ireland’s tourism and hospitality industry is preparing to reopen on June 29, and now businesses have clear, concise direction on exactly what this needs to look like to ensure maximum safety for guests and staff.
Fáilte Ireland, the country’s tourism trade support body, has published sector-specific guidelines for the safe reopening of businesses within the industry, including hotels & guesthouses, self-catering businesses and restaurants & cafes.
The guidance for hotels comes in the form of a 28-page document, accessible online, detailing enhanced hygiene measures, best practice in food and beverage service and food safety.
The information is split into 23 chapters, covering information on protocol in public areas, kitchens, room service and hotel-specific revenue streams including meeting and events, spas and weddings.
Developed in consultation with the Irish Hotels Federation, the guidelines also look at risk assessment requirements, communications plans and employee and guest health recommendations.
Alongside this, the Irish Tourism Recovery Taskforce has presented the government with eight asks to help speed up the recovery process for the tourism sector, including earlier opening and reducing the distancing regulations from 2m to 1m.
All sectoral guidelines have been developed in line with the government’s Roadmap for Reopening Society and Business and the Return to Work Safely Protocol, based on the latest health guidance available from the Department of Health and the HSE.