Tuesday, 16 June 2020
Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport
851. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport when sectoral guidelines will be published for hotels, guesthouses and bed and breakfast accommodation in respect of Covid-19 to facilitate these businesses reopening. [10997/20]
852. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the obligations hotels, guesthouses and bed and breakfast accommodation must fulfil in respect of Covid-19 before reopening, such as safety plans and so on. [10998/20]
I propose to take Questions Nos. 851 and 852 together.
On Tuesday 9th June, Fáilte Ireland published operational guidelines to assist tourism businesses – including hotels, guesthouses and bed and breakfasts – reopen safely in line with the Government’s Roadmap for Reopening Society and Business. These guidelines, which were prepared in consultation with the tourism industry and relevant authorities, are intended to assist tourism businesses meet requirements in line with the Return to Work Safely protocol and based on the latest health advice.
The guidelines comprise eight documents in total – a general overview document plus more detailed guidelines for each of seven sectoral strands (including one for hotels and guesthouses; and another for B&Bs). All the guidelines are available on the Fáilte Ireland website.