Ceredigion County Council is working with the tourism sector to ensure they are aware of their social responsibility, that local communities are respected and visitors become part of the community whilst visiting Ceredigion.

Strengthened measures to keep Wales safe as omicron strikes

New measures will be introduced from 6am on Boxing Day to help keep Wales safe

The measures are a revised version of alert level two to respond to the new omicron variant and are designed to help keep businesses open and trading and protect customers and staff.

The regulations bring back protections in hospitality businesses, including licensed premises, and in cinemas and theatres when they re-open after the festive period.

Here’s a link to the updated guidance for the hospitality industry.

Strengthened guidance will be issued to help people stay safe in their own homes and when meeting others.

£120m will be available for nightclubs, retail, hospitality, leisure and tourism businesses affected by the move to alert level two – double the new £60m package announced last week.

From Boxing Day, the alert level two measures will mean:

  • A general requirement of 2m social distancing in all premises open to the public and workplaces, where reasonable.
  • The rule of six will apply to gatherings in regulated premises, such as hospitality, cinemas and theatres.
  • All licensed premises will need to take additional measures to protect customers and staff, including table service and collecting contact details.
  • Face coverings will be required in hospitality settings at all times apart from when seated.
  • Large events will not be allowed indoors or outdoors. The maximum number of people who can gather at an indoor event will be 30 and 50 outdoors.
  • There will be an exception for team sports, up to 50 spectators will be able to gather, in addition to those taking part. There is also an exception for events involving children.

The Welsh Government will not be making new rules about mixing in people’s private homes, including gardens, in holiday accommodation or meeting outdoors. Instead guidance will be issued to help people stay safe.

Request for Holiday Accommodation Businesses to provide accommodation for vulnerable groups

The Welsh Government are making an urgent appeal for holiday accommodation providers to help by making accommodation available for vulnerable people.

Welsh Government guidance remains unchanged; everyone should have accommodation which enables them to follow public health guidance on social distancing, hygiene and to self-isolate if necessary. However, we know that housing services are under severe pressure. In some areas, emergency accommodation is already at capacity and pressures are continuing.

The Welsh Government are therefore asking accommodation businesses across Wales whether they can assist Local Authorities in providing high quality emergency provision.  

Further funding is available to support Local Authorities to secure this vital accommodation and to provide the requisite support staff to ensure these people receive the appropriate wrap around support to address their needs.  If supporting this work businesses will enter either a short or longer term contract with their Local Authority for the direct costs involved.

If you can help, please contact your Local Authority (LA) where we have provided a contact name and email address. Please provide details of the accommodation, which you could offer to house vulnerable people. We will require details of the number of rooms or units, type, location and how long you anticipate it will be available for.

Please provide a named contact in your business and a contact address email and telephone number.

Assistance is needed in the following areas and here are the LA contact email in these areas.                                                           

Visitors asked to pack a COVID test, if holidaying in Wales

Visitors are being urged to pack lateral flow tests in their suitcases if they are holidaying in Wales.

Lateral flow testing kits are available from local collection points. More information is available on the NHS Track and Trace website. 

Social responsibility

We strongly believe that the tourism industry in Ceredigion will accept their social responsibility to protect our communities and visitors. We are asking all businesses that form part of the industry to take all steps to safeguard staff, visitors and local residents, using the guidelines published by industry groups and Visit Wales.

Here is a leaflet with advice for visitors.

Contact Tracing

Contact tracing is a tried and tested method of controlling the spread of infectious diseases. The aim is to protect your health and support the ongoing work to control the spread of coronavirus. This is not about enforcement or surveillance and is in the interests of protecting people’s health. Contact tracing is an important part of the Test, Trace, Protect strategy which will help us live and work alongside the virus while research continues to find more effective treatments and a vaccine. The strategy is being delivered through the NHS Wales Test, Trace, Protect service.

Welsh Government guidelines: Keeping records of staff, customers, and visitors: test, trace, protect

Here is a poster by Welsh Government for hospitality businesses offering advice on:

How to keep records of staff, customers and visitors.

Good to Go

Visit Wales has worked with the other national tourism organisations on a UK-wide industry standard and consumer mark to provide reassurance as the sector works towards reopening. The ‘Good To Go’ industry standard and supporting mark means businesses can demonstrate that they are adhering to the respective Government and public health guidance, have carried out a COVID-19 risk assessment and checked that they have the required processes in place. The scheme is free to join and open to all businesses.

To obtain the mark, a business must complete a self-assessment through an online platform including a check-list confirming they have put the necessary processes in place, before receiving certification and the ‘Good to Go’ mark to display in the premises and online.

You can find more details on the Good to Go website.

“Addo. My promise to Wales”

As Wales’ tourism industry starts to re-open, our key communication message is ‘Visit Wales. Safely.’ This is a simple phrase that can be adapted for your business or local area, to encourage people to be responsible during their visit. We’ll be continuing with this messaging throughout the season.

The focus of our messaging is a pledge that we’re encouraging everyone travelling around Wales to get behind, to do the little things that make a big difference. To make a promise together, to ‘Addo’ as we prepare to start exploring again, to care for each other, our land and for our communities. The pledge can be signed virtually on  Twitter.

Get involved

We’re working on a handy toolkit to make it even easier for you to get involved, which will be ready and shared imminently. In the meantime download our pledge on a page and our poster, and explore our new content online. Share your pledges with us on social using #addo #VisitWalesSafely. Thanks for your continued support.

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Useful COVID-19 Information

As each premises is different, businesses should read all guidance. This continues to be updated so please check back regularly for the latest information.

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By working together we can welcome visitors back to Ceredigion safely and confidently.