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Changes to Government guidelines – what will they mean for our tours?

What’s changing?

Covid regulations have changed again.  The Government has now announced (from 30th November 2021) that in England face masks will be required again in shops and on public transport.  (Similar rules apply in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland).  This is after most remaining restrictions were lifted earlier in the summer.  Ministers, scientists and many organisations continue to stress a cautious approach.

Some people have been anxious about stepping out again.  Others couldn’t wait to catch up for lost time.  The recent change might make the former group a little larger again.  Both views are understandable, and we want to make sure that no-one feels uncomfortable on any of our tours.

Tours 2 order’s policies

What do the changes mean for anything you book with Tours 2 order?  Naturally it will depend on the type of tour (indoors, outdoors, walking, coach group) and the number of participants.  A few things can be guaranteed though.

Our first priority will always be your safety and well-being, and that of your tour guide.  We’re signed up to Visit England’s “We’re good to go” scheme, focussing on safe and responsible guiding.

We will work closely with venues and coach companies to ensure that we are following any protocols they have in place.  For example, if a coach company still chooses to have a half-full coach, that’s fine.  Masks will almost certainly be required on coaches.  If a venue restricts the number of people at any one time, we’ll work with that.

Our guides will wear masks where required, and always indoors and where the client wants us to.  We would prefer our clients to continue to wear masks in the same circumstances.  We will carry hand sanitiser for personal use, and ask that you do too.  We will remain two metres apart and won’t shake hands upon introduction.  Our lead guide, Graham, is fully vaccinated, including a booster vaccination, and he only works with other guides who are also up to date.  Please ask to see our full risk assessment.

Let’s continue to explore

We’d love to meet you and show you around.  If you see something you like on these pages, please get in touch and we can discuss what you’d like to do.  Let’s explore together – at your pace.