Coronavirus and Tourism in Wales

Visit Wales has issued a statement today saying: “We are continually monitoring the impact of coronavirus (Covid-19) on the tourism sector and are working with colleagues across Welsh Government and UK Government to take appropriate measures in response to the unfolding situation.

“Tourism businesses and stakeholders in Wales are advised to visit the Business Wales website for specific guidance for businesses and to regularly visit the Public Health Wales website for up-to-date public health information for staff and visitors.”

Business Wales says: “The risk of catching coronavirus (Covid-19) in workplaces is currently low. It’s still good practice to make sure everyone at work follows simple hygiene rules, such as:

  • washing hands thoroughly with hot water and soap
  • using tissues when sneezing or coughing and throwing them away in a bin

“In case coronavirus spreads more widely in the UK, employers should consider some simple steps to help protect the health and safety of staff.

“Employers should:

  • keep everyone updated on actions being taken to reduce risks of exposure in the workplace
  • make sure everyone’s contact numbers and emergency contact details are up to date
  • make sure managers know how to spot symptoms of coronavirus and are clear on any relevant processes, for example sickness reporting and sick pay, and procedures in case someone in the workplace develops the virus
  • make sure there are clean places to wash hands with hot water and soap, and encourage everyone to wash their hands regularly
  • give out hand sanitisers and tissues to staff, and encourage them to use them
  • consider if protective face masks might help for people working in particularly vulnerable situations
  • consider if any travel planned to affected areas is essential.”

Nigel Summerley

Nigel Summerley

Nigel Summerley recently retired from The Oldie magazine to return to freelance journalism. He previously held executive staff jobs at the London Evening Standard, The Daily Telegraph, The Sunday Telegraph and the Daily Express before freelancing for 20 years for newspapers including The Times, The Sunday Times, The Independent, The Guardian and the ‘i’ paper, plus a wide range of magazines. He continues to write about music, travel and health.

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