being 'covid' secure
Guest safety is our top priority, with UK Government guidance changing regularly, we are working hard to ensure we have taken every step possible to be 'Covid Secure'.
Below is a list of how we intend to keep you safe during the pandemic & moving forward. This is not an exhaustive list but covers the main points on keeping our guides & guests safe.
Prior to taking part in your Cotswolds tour, your guide will conduct a temperature check of themselves along with temperature checks of all guests partaking in the tour.
Guests taking a tour must have a temperature no higher than 38.7d
wearing a face covering
Whilst inside the vehicle your guide will wear a mask at all times. Any guests taking part in a tour will be required to wear a mask on the minibus. Masks for guests are not supplied please ensure you bring a mask with you. If you forget don't panic, we will have disposable masks available!
ventilation & Commentary
Whilst spending time inside the minibus, we will keep windows open to ensure there is plenty of ventilation.
As we drive to each location on the tour we will provide a live commentary, the great news is, Cotswolds Guided Tours is the only tour company where the driver /guide uses a microphone so each guest can hear the quirky facts & local history!
mixed group tours
Your safety is our top priority. We put the safety of our guests first & because of this & due to government guidelines, we are running our mixed group tours but with fewer visitors. We would normally take up to 8 guests, however we have reduced this down to 4.
All guests are required to wear a face mask on the minibus, temperature checks will be conducted before we start & we will require a little information about each traveller in line with 'contact tracing' There will also be hand sanitiser available for guests & the minibus will be cleaned regularly throughout the day.
cleaning of vehicle & touch points
Lucy & Richard will conduct a thorough clean of the minibus & any common touch points, between each tour using disinfectant & antibacterial spray.
Hand sanitiser will be available for guests travelling on the tour for use prior to boarding the minibus at each stop.
Due to government guidelines, we are required to take details about your travel.
We also require your contact details & onward travel plans, should we or a official 'contact tracer' needs to contact you in the future.
Your safety is our top priority! We can assure you that we will conduct ongoing risk assessments. Government guidance is changing regularly & we will provide updates on this page as an when new guidance is available. Please note the topics above are for your safety & the safety of our guides.
uk government restrictions
Everyone is excited with the UK Government announcements on 21st February 2021, outlining the 'roadmap' on easing lockdown & returning to 'normality'. Below is an outline on important dates & what they mean to you.
As the government has said, all depends on the progress of the vaccine & also any new variants that may appear.
For international visitors there maybe additional restrictions on entering the UK, such as quarantine or vaccine passports. This will become clearer as we head into the summer.
The guidelines are divided into dates, courtesy of Visit England
Please note these are the EARLIEST dates that the following will happen & could be subject to change.
People will be allowed to spend time in outdoor public spaces for recreation on their own, with one other person, or with their household or support bubble.
People must continue to maintain social distance from those outside their household. This is in addition to outdoor exercise which is already permitted.
There will continue to be restrictions on international travel. Holidays will not be a permitted reason to travel. Those seeking to leave the UK must complete an outbound declaration of travel form ahead of departure.
People will no longer be legally required to stay at home, but some restrictions will remain such as continuing to work from home where possible and minimising all travel.
The rule of six will return for outdoors, and meetings of two households will also be permitted. This includes in private gardens.
Outdoor sports and leisure facilities will be able to reopen and formally organised outdoor sports will be able to resume, subject to guidance.
Outdoor gatherings must still be limited to 6 people or 2 households as in Step 1, and no indoor mixing will be allowed unless otherwise exempt. Additional premises will be able to reopen but should only be visited alone or with household groups:
Indoor leisure facilities such as gyms and spas (but not including saunas and steam rooms, which are due to open at Step 3).
Hospitality venues for outdoor service, without any curfew or the requirement for alcohol to be accompanied by a substantial meal - customers must order, eat and drink while seated.
Most outdoor settings and attractions including outdoor hospitality, zoos, theme parks, drive-in cinemas/performances/events will reopen
Domestic overnight stays will be allowed and self-contained accommodation - those that do not require shared use of bathing, entry/exit, catering or sleeping facilities - can also reopen, though must only be used by members of the same household.
International holidays will not be permitted.
All newly open settings must abide by the social contact rules. This will be accompanied by mitigations including workforce testing and continued social distancing guidance. People should continue to work from home where they can and minimise domestic travel where they can. International holidays will still be prohibited.
Most legal restrictions on meeting others outdoors will be lifted, but gatherings of more than 30 people outdoors will remain illegal. Indoors, people will be able to meet socially in a group of 6, or with 1 other household (though it may be possible to go further than this at Step 3 depending on the data). COVID-Secure guidance will remain in place and premises must not cater for groups larger than the legal limits.
Sectors which will reopen include:
Indoor hospitality, with no requirement for a substantial meal to be served alongside alcoholic drinks, and no curfew. The requirement to order, eat and drink while seated (‘table service’) will remain;
Remaining outdoor entertainment, such as outdoor theatres and cinemas;
Indoor entertainment, such as museums, cinemas and children’s play areas;
Remaining accommodation, such as hotels, hostels and B&Bs;
Adult indoor group sports and exercise classes; and
Some large events, including conferences, theatre and concert performances and sports events.
With appropriate mitigations in place, by Step 4, the Government aims to remove all legal limits on social contact, reopen the remaining closed settings, including nightclubs and enable large events, including theatre performances,