Wild Scotland has produced guidelines to support and signpost operators and businesses in the Wildlife, Adventure and Activity Tourism Sector in Scotland, to websites and other information pools to provide them with generic guidelines and advice relating to COVID-19 to ensure they operate safely and securely for the benefit of themselves, their staff, their visitors and the wider public. The guidance includes information relating to each activity and a link to the appropriate NGB for clear guidance.
The suggestions are not meant to be definitive or finite, they are there to aid everyone to make sensible decisions within their own operations.
- Beyond Level 0 Guidelines for operators in the wildlife, adventure and activity sector >
- Wild Scotland Best Practice Guidance for operators relating to C-19 symptoms during a holiday/experience and recommendations of how to mitigate the risk >
Other Relevant Guidelines
- Government Guidance for Tourism and Hospitality >
- sportscotland Guidance >
- NHS Test and Protect Scotland >
- Transport Operators Guidance >
- Calmac latest guidelines and updates >
- RYA Scotland Return to Boating Guidance >
- Mountaineering Scotland Guidance for hillwalkers and climbers >
- Paddlesport Guidance - Canoe Scotland
- Association of Scottish Self Caterers - Cleaning Protocols >
- Respect Protect Enjoy - practical information for Scotand’s Tourism Sector >
- Adventure Travel COVID-19 Health and Safety Guidelines >
- First Aid Advice for First Responders UK Government >
Latest Government Update
Follow the link to see the latest update relating to COVID-19 in Scotland. Learn more>
- The Find Business Support website offers a comprehensive list of funding options for businesses across Scotland.
- Supporting your Business - VisitScotland funding support advice
We’re Good to Go Industry Standard
The ‘We’re Good To Go’ industry standard and supporting mark mean businesses across all sectors of the tourism industry in Scotland can demonstrate that they're adhering to the respective government and public health guidance, and have carried out a COVID-19 risk assessment to check they have the required processes and protocols in place.
The free scheme complements the guidance already issued by Scottish Government to help tourism businesses plan to reopen.
To obtain the mark you must complete a self-assessment through an online platform - goodtogoscotland.com - including a checklist confirming you have put the necessary processes in place. Once complete, you'll receive certification and access to the ‘We’re Good To Go’ mark for display in your premises and online.
Businesses across the UK will be assessed according to their respective national guidance once published, including the physical distancing and cleanliness protocols that must be in place.
The Good to Go scheme has now been recognised by the WTTC as meeting its international global standardised health and hygiene protocols and for its role in supporting the recovery of the UK tourism sector: visit here >
Other Related Advice and Resource
- Looking after your mental health SAMH
Whether you’re living with a mental health problem or supporting someone who is, accessing information about a condition is vital. SAMH has developed a series of information resources for you.
- VisitScotland Digital Boost Webinars
In partnership with DigitalBoost and Business Gateway, VisitScotland is offering a series of webinars aimed at supporting the Scottish tourism industry, providing support and advice during the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Scenario planning toolkit - VisitScotland
The Scottish Tourism Emergency Response Group (STERG) has created a scenario planning toolkit to help businesses to plan, to work to address many different challenges they may likely yet face through 2021, and to help steer those businesses out through to the other side of the COVID-19 pandemic. Looking forward, developing flexible strategies is one of the most important routes to recovery.
- STERG information and updates
The Scottish Tourism Emergency Response Group (STERG) is a group, chaired by VisitScotland, created to respond to the COVID-19 crisis. STERG’s immediate priorities are to support tourism businesses to recover from this unprecedented situation.
- Scottish Tourism Task Force Recommendations for Recovery
The Scottish Tourism Task Force (STRT) was formed as a short life working group, to provide independent recommendations for Scottish Ministers and the UK Government on the essential actions to support tourism and hospitality recovery in Scotland. The Task Force was established by the Cabinet Secretary for Rural Economy and Tourism, Fergus Ewing and Minister for Business, Fair Work and Skills, Jamie Hepburn and comprised members from the tourism sector, transport and aviation, the Chambers of Commerce, Banking, the unions and academia.
- VisitScotland COVID-19 Support and Information
- Risk Assessment Templates (HSE)
- Terms and Conditions Examples for Day Boat Operators – COVID-19
- First Aid Emergency Policy Example for Day Boat Operators
- Pre season Employee Declaration Example for Day Boat Operators