Businesses here in Wales are changing how they operate to make it safe for you and your family to visit, including adapting to meet the new 'Good to Go' tourism standard, which lets you know that we're taking your safety seriously.
Here are some examples of the innovative ways businesses are adapting to the challenges of Covid-19.
Welcome to Wales
Currently tourism businesses are taking bookings and welcoming you back on holiday. But these stays will only be possible if the restrictions remain lifted.
Obviously the situation is very changeable. To keep up-to-date with the latest news please visit the Welsh Government website: Welsh Government coronavirus guidelines – holidays in Wales.
How are tourism businesses adapting for reopening?
Businesses across Wales are busy preparing to reopen. They're putting safety measures in place to make sure you can still enjoy your favourite activities (or try something new!), stay somewhere epic, while still keeping your peace of mind.
A new tourism industry standard has been introduced, called ‘We're Good to Go’, which is the official UK mark to signal that a tourism and hospitality business has worked hard to follow government and industry COVID-19 guidelines.
Any business that shows this logo will have a process in place to maintain cleanliness and aid social distancing, to ease your mind when you’re looking to book somewhere. Keep an eye out for the logo, and find out more about the We're Good to Go scheme.
Whether you’re looking for high-flying thrills, complete relaxation, or something in between, Wales will have plenty to offer. Here are just a few examples.
Zipwires and other adrenaline adventures
Adventure seekers can get their adrenaline hit at Zip World locations in North Wales. There’s a wide variety of exciting including zipwires, the forest coaster and treetop nets.
Health and safety is a key part of the Zip World experience and they have taken the same meticulous approach when it comes to putting in place their Zip World six steps to a ‘new normal’.
The lions, giraffes and penguins have been overjoyed to welcome visitors back to Folly Farm, where similar safeguards have been introduced. Visitor numbers are now limited, bookings must be made in advance, payments are all cashless and handwashing stations have been installed.
There are lots of brilliant family activity providers here in Wales of course. Just one other example is The Dinosaur Park near Tenby which has reopened many of its outdoor activities with timed entry tickets, hand sanitising stations and social distancing procedures in place. The National Botanic Garden of Wales (shown in the header) has also reopened after busily readying the site for visitors.
Wales is home to some of the world's great golf courses. Operators have been busy implementing measures so you can play safely. Wales Golf has carried out extensive risk assessment procedures – to see how they’ll work in practice, take a look at the measures Ryder Cup 2010 host Celtic Manor Resort has introduced. It's not just serious golfers who are getting to tee off again - Pitch and Putt and Crazy Golf courses are open at Heatherton World of Adventures, with plans to restart other activities based on government advice.
If you’re into your watersports, have a look at the Canoe Wales guidance which was sent out to members. The National White Water Centre in Bala has reopened for canoeing and kayaking and has introduced hand sanitising stations and distancing precautions to get ready. The plan is to restart whitewater rafting with limited numbers on rafts at a later date.
Parks and nature reserves
If you fancy going for a walk, the advice remains to avoid popular spots which risk becoming too busy. Lucky for you, Wales is teeming with options, with plenty of smaller country parks and nature reserves just waiting for you to discover them. The Llanelli Wetland Centre is working hard for a phased reopening with timed ticketing and restricted entry to buildings. Many of our country parks - like Gnoll Estate Country Park, Pembrey Country Park and Margam Country Park - are open for local visitors - but toilets and cafés remained closed. Please check before travelling.
Cadw oversees many of our historic houses and castles, and is working hard on plans to reopen unstaffed monuments in a safe and controlled way — and will do so when time is right. In the meantime take a look at this excellent set of resources for virtual visits on the Cadw website.
National Museums of Wales will reopen the outdoor grounds at St Fagans National Museum of History several days a week from the beginning of August. Its six other national museums will open at a later date, which is yet to be finalised. Cardiff Castle's grounds have reopened to locals with a range of distancing measures in place to keep people safe.
As gathering in person wasn’t possible, many of our events took their offerings online. Hay Festival 2020 had their first online digital festival, where thousands of people from across the world accessed talks and workshops. Tafwyl also went digital, streaming live performances from bands and artists from Cardiff Castle (socially distanced, of course). As well as festivals, many workshops moved to online models. Ty Newydd (the writer’s centre of Literature Wales) launched its first Ty Newydd virtual programme, featuring smaller taster sessions and short courses.
All shops can now open if they comply with the physical distancing duty in Welsh law. Many have been installing safety screens and markings to help people keep their distance. Bonta Deli in Caernarfon is just one of many businesses that have been re-organising their stores to welcome customers back safely.
Where can I stay in Wales and will I be safe?
Accommodation providers across Wales are making preparations for visitors to return. Many are already very experienced with taking extra precautions. They’ve been a safe home for NHS, police and fire service staff during lockdown. They're now experienced in combining world-class hospitality with safety measures like protective screens and social distance reminders at reception, hand sanitiser at touch points and "Cleaned and Sealed" tags on guest rooms.
Whether you’re looking to escape to the country, breathe in the sea air or check out a new city, you can relax in the knowledge that your well being is catered for.
If you're travelling to any of our National Parks or beauty spots, we recommend checking with local information services before leaving home to check the situation on the ground.
Partner information links:
- Visit Snowdonia - car parking dashboard
- Brecon Beacons waterfall country car parking dashboard
- Visit Cardiff