Cork tourism businesses respond to new published guidelines

BUSINESSES working in the hospitality sector in Cork have welcomed the publication of new guidance for the sector, but admit it will bring some serious challenges.

The guidance, published by Fáilte Ireland, provides detailed advice for hotels and guesthouses, caravan and camping, self-catering business, attractions, B&Bs, activity providers, and restaurants and cafes planning to open later this month.

It sounds the death knell for the traditional hotel buffet breakfast as we know it. Self-service carveries or breakfasts can only be provided where “physical distancing and other Public Health advice can be followed”, the advice states, and only appointed staff members can serve or handle the food.

The guidance will also mean significant changes to the spa experience and in situations where physical distancing “cannot be reasonably practiced”, and therapists must be provided with appropriate PPE, it states.

Viewing chairs and seating near pools will be removed. There will also be changes to activities such as golf. Guest caddie services offered to guests are to be suspended and hotels have to increase the space between tee times to 15-minute intervals.

For weddings, signage will be put on tables and dance floors asking guests to respect physical distancing guidelines, and the guidance says that “employees must monitor and manage distancing.”

Source: Echo Live