Tuesday, 8 December 2020

Questions (219)

Mary Lou McDonald

Question:

219. Deputy Mary Lou McDonald asked the Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media the specific guidelines that apply to seasonal events; and the rationale for these guidelines under the current level 3 guidelines of the living with Covid plan. [41477/20]

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Written answers (Question to Tourism)

A new section of guidance for seasonal experiences has been added to the tourism sectoral guidelines for Visitor Attractions, Hotels, and Activity Providers, which are published on the Fáilte Ireland website.

Designed to apply primarily to a “fluid, trail-like” seasonal experience or “adventure” in the setting of a visitor attraction or activity – such as a seasonal Santa Experience – this new section of guidance contains advice on a range of important aspects including pre-arrival; cleaning and disinfection protocol; physical distancing; contact tracing; visitor considerations; and further specific guidance on outdoor seasonal fairs.

The specific guidance on seasonal experiences was considered a useful addition to the existing guidelines in the run-up to Christmas and reflects the latest Government health advice and related restrictions/provisions in place at present under Level 3.