NITA welcomes Tourism NI’s latest move as it partners with the national tourism bodies of England, Scotland and Wales to roll out a new UK-wide industry standard and consumer mark to provide reassurance to businesses, customers and communities that safe working guidelines in relation to COVID-19 have been adopted.
As the sector works towards reopening, the ‘We’re Good To Go’ industry standard and supporting mark allows businesses to sign-up and commit to implementing the relevant Government and public health guidance, including undertaking a COVID-19 risk assessment. Businesses can in turn use the licensed mark as part of their communications. The free scheme is now open to tourism businesses following publication of official guidance by the Department for the Economy and Tourism NI, that NITA has supported through the Tourism Recovery Steering and Working Group. As the voice of tourism in Northern Ireland, NITA has been advocating for an industry standard and the ‘Good to Go’ consumer mark is great news for tourism businesses who are preparing to open. It will show that they are putting every possible measure in place to operate safely and provide reassurance to staff and customers alike that they have complied with official health guidance.
To obtain the mark businesses must complete the registration process through the ‘We’re Good to Go’ online platform www.goodtogoni.com and will go through a number of steps to verify they have put the necessary processes in place to re-open safely. Businesses will then receive a certificate and the ‘We’re Good To Go’ mark for display in their premises and online.
Businesses across the UK will be agreeing to operate in accordance with their respective national guidance, including the social distancing and cleanliness protocols that must be in place.
In Northern Ireland, businesses should align with the ‘Working Safely During Covid-19 in the Visitor Economy’ guidance published this week, as well as the legislative regulations and restrictions set out by the NI Executive. A benefit of participating in the standard includes a notification system to alert businesses to any changes to the official guidance. A call-handling service will also provide registration support.
Accommodation, visitor attractions, restaurants and pubs, business conference and events venues and tour and coach operators are currently eligible to apply. In addition to the above, Tourism NI will also be hosting an important webinar on Friday 26th June from 10am to 12pm which will take a detailed look at guidelines and industry standards for reopening tourism and hospitality businesses. Register here.
For further information on the standard visit: https://covid19.tourismni.com/goodtogo/