Latest COVID-19 information and advice from Visit Dartmoor

During these uncertain times we are all constantly focused on the safety and welfare of our residents, visitors and tourism workers. This is a rapidly changing situation and we are closely monitoring government guidelines.

Opening Information 

Following government advice, hospitality businesses are busy putting safety measure in place and are now taking bookings and welcoming guests and visitors again.

You can look for the green “Good To Go” symbol on the website of tourism businesses, which show that they 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.

Shops, pubs, restaurants, attractions and activity providers are already allowed to reopen and many are now open and looking forward to welcoming you.

As Government advice and restrictions are updated and advice on travel is amended we will keep this page updated.

PLEASE NOTE – Many restaurants, attractions and activity providers have new measures in place for booking and visiting, so please be sure to check individual websites for information before travelling!

On Instagram, Twitter and Facebook we will share stunning images of the region as well as interesting and informative blog posts so you can continue to enjoy and learn new and exciting things about Dartmoor as well as get inspiration for future visits.

We are so pleased to welcome you back to Dartmoor, please follow government guidelines on social distancing, and look after this beautiful National Park by taking everything you brought with you away at the end of the day.

Below we have listed some key websites which are continually being updated with the latest information and advice, we recommend visiting the most relevant website for your enquiry to stay up to date with the latest guidance.

Anybody with concerns over their own health or any questions about the Coronavirus, please use the NHS Coronavirus webpages.

The UK Government are posting regular updates and information on their website which can be found HERE.

On our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages we are doing our best to continually share news from Dartmoor’s tourism businesses on opening details, events and their messages to their valued customers.

Please keep an eye on our social media feeds for posts as well as the individual businesses feeds. If you have a current booking and need advice please visit the businesses social media feeds and website for the latest information and if you have any further questions please contact the business directly.  

Visit England COVID-19 Advice

The Visit Britain and Visit England website is continually being updated on the current situation in relation to COVID-19 with the latest information and advice for businesses. 

We advise all businesses with questions or who are looking for further information to visit this website regularly.

“We’re Good To Go” 

VisitEngland in partnership with the national tourist organisations of Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales has today launched a UK-wide industry standard and consumer mark to provide a ‘ring of confidence’ for tourism as the sector works towards reopening.

The ‘We’re 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.

Tourism Minister Nigel Huddleston said:

 “I want to encourage the public to experience a great British holiday this summer and be confident that they can do so safely.
“This new industry standard will show people that tourism businesses, destinations and attractions are adhering to the guidance. It puts safety first and is an important move in getting this industry back up and running.”

VisitEngland Director Patricia Yates said:   

“With millions of jobs and local economies across the country reliant on tourism it is essential that businesses can get up and running as soon as the respective Government advice allows to capture the peak British summer season.

“We want visitors to be able to enjoy their holidays and to support businesses to be confident they have the correct procedures in place. Our priority is to make sure tourism rebounds to once again become one of the most successful sectors of the UK economy and this ‘ring of confidence’ is a crucial step on the industry’s road to rebuilding.”

For Businesses

Businesses can now apply for a free UK-wide industry standard and consumer mark to reassure your customers that your business adheres to Government and public health guidance.

To support you as you work towards re-opening and welcoming customers, the‘We’re Good To Go’ COVID-19 industry standard and consumer mark is now available to provide a ‘ring of confidence’ for businesses, attractions and destinations as well as reassurance to local residents and visitors that clear processes are in place and that as a business you are good to go.

If your business operates in England and you have read and implemented the Government’s COVID-19 reopening guidance, understand the guidance from Public Health England and have a COVID-19 Risk Assessment in place, you can apply for the industry standard mark by simply completing a self-assessment through our online platform. This includes a checklist confirming you have put the necessary processes in place. You will then receive a certification and the ‘We’re Good To Go’ mark to display on your premises and online.

A separate application is required for all of your sites as it is essential that each General Manager or site lead understand what needs to be in place and if you operate in different parts of the United Kingdom respective national guidance, including social distancing and cleanliness protocols, must be in place. In England, your business must align with the UK Government’s official guidance for the sector including ‘Working Safely during COVID-19: Visitor Economy’. An ‘alert’ system ensures that if you are signed-up to the standard, you will be notified if there are changes to the official guidance. A call-handling service will provide you with support and assessors will also carry-out random spot-checks to ensure your business is adhering to the guidance.

How to grow your tourism business for free

VisitBritain/VisitEngland’s relaunched Business Advice Hub provides free resources to help England tourism businesses to grow.

On the updated Hub you can…

• Learn how to get international-ready and reach overseas markets effectively
• Get top tips on digital marketing
• Understand your legal obligations as an accommodation business
• Find local support specific to your area
• Explore case studies of real-life businesses

…and more.