How Will You Keep Us Safe from Covid-19?
A STRANGE YEAR
How will you keep us safe from Covid-19? This is a question that I’m sure many of you are asking.
2020’s been a strange year for all of us – and it’s only just over half-way through. We are all reading what the media says the future holds. Let’s face it. None of us really know. This adds to our apprehension. It makes us even more unsure. Should I book? Should I wait to see what happens? Should I just forget it completely?
Travel companies may have cancelled your holidays. Flights have been cancelled. Some tourists are having to quarantine.
All of my own tours have been called off.
I also go on holiday but my own are cancelled. The Shetland tourist season 2020 – for tourists and tour providers alike – has been pretty much devastated. There are a few signs of recovery but there is still along way to go.
Throughout lockdown, I worked on how I can make us all safe for when you come to Shetland and take a tour with me.
There’s a lot of uncertainty around at the moment. So, to let things settle a bit, I have decided that I will not conduct any tours until the 1st of April 2021. Hopefully, by then – fingers crossed – the situation will have clarified.
I am open to taking bookings for next year though.
Let’s hope that, by then, because of a clearer situation you’ll be more confident about a holiday in Shetland.
We’re still here. It’s still a beautiful, friendly, safe place.
GOOD TO GO
Roundabout Shetland has achieved the Visit Scotland “Good to Go” standard mark. This means that Roundabout Shetland has:
- followed government and industry COVID-19 guidelines;
- a Risk Assessment in place;
- a process to maintain cleanliness and aid social distancing.
I’ve lowered the upper limit to the number of passengers I can take – to help with social distancing. Normally, I would take 6. However, I have decided that it is safer to take only five – therefore leaving the front passenger seat empty.
Only members of one particular group will be allowed in a vehicle. As to how that group is made up is left to the booker. However, it does mean that no last minute strangers will be allowed on a tour.
Hand sanitiser will be readily available within my vehicle for cleaning hands.
Disposable face masks will also be readily available.
If necessary, I will place a screen between myself and you. I will still be able to continue with my commentary via a microphone and the vehicle’s PA system.
To avoid your having to handle cash, all tours will be booked and paid for in advance by credit/debit card or PayPal.
I will only take one tour a day. After each tour, I will thoroughly clean and disinfect the vehicle before the next day.
To ensure the safety of other passengers, anyone with Covid-19 symptoms won’t be allowed on a tour.
In Shetland, with its open spaces and small population, it is straightforward and easy to avoid any crowds. This I always aim to do anyway.
I’ll also ensure that any venues we visit – heritage centres, cafes, etc – are also adhering to suitable hygiene steps.
With the fluidity of the situation, actions may be subject to change. This website will keep you informed of the situation.
Of course, things can worsen at any time. In the case of a tour having to be cancelled due to changes in the Covid-19 situation, you will, of course, be entitled to either a voucher or a full refund. The choice will be yours.
I hope that all of the above steps will help allay any fears or doubts that you may have about taking a tour with me and that you come and enjoy beautiful Shetland.