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COVID-19 Safety Charter

View of Murrisk in Mayo

Summer 2020 is not lost and now is the time to put long-awaited plans into action: start with booking a break on the Wild Atlantic Way.

Stay in a charming cottage tucked away in the wilds of Donegal or travel to Clare and watch the roaring waves of the Atlantic on the Kilkee Cliff Walk — you’ll find some of the best views in Ireland here.

Here’s how you can stay safe this summer while rediscovering the unrivalled magic of the Wild Atlantic Way.

It’s time to make a break for it

Pull the suitcases down from the attic, pack the car and soak up the sheer magic of planning a much-anticipated trip — it’s like Christmas Eve but better. From caravan parks to guesthouses, campsites to cafés, Irish businesses are preparing to host us once again and excitement is building for a holiday at home, one to remember.

With travel resuming, the COVID-19 Safety Charter is a commitment from our tourism industry, including restaurants and bars, hotels, guesthouses and visitor attractions, to ensure you have the safest break possible.


What is the COVID-19 Safety Charter?

The COVID-19 Safety Charter tells you that a business is following the necessary safety guidelines so you can relax on a special staycation. When you see the Charter’s reassuring green and white Safety Check symbol, know that every single employee in the business has completed COVID-19 Safety & Hygiene Control Training and are committed to ensure you have a safe and enjoyable experience.


What does a business have to do to receive the charter?

To earn the Charter, staff must have a good understanding of infection control and take strict hygiene measures. Tourism businesses that have successfully completed COVID-19 Safety & Hygiene Control Training will also be subject to spot checks.

From the friendly receptionist at the front desk to the head chef, every staff member is following key safety guidelines so that you can enjoy yourself with confidence.


Where can you see the charter?

Businesses with the Charter display the symbol on their official websites and in their front windows. You can check out a detailed version of the COVID-19 Safety Charter here.

While the Charter puts your safety first, it’s worth remembering what you can do when you head on a trip.

Staying safe on your break in Ireland

On a family day out or a weekend break away, take the recommended government measures to keep safe. Go surfing with friends at Strandhill or plan a horseback adventure along the golden sands of Kerry’s Ventry Beach, but remember to wash your hands regularly and pop some hand sanitiser in your bag.

Social distancing is important; keep a space of two metres between yourself and others where possible, wear face coverings on public transport and in shops, and avoid close contact, including shaking hands and hugs.

If you sneeze, cover your mouth and nose with a tissue, or your sleeve. Check out the HSE Guidelines, which are updated regularly.

It’s important to follow these steps but now that you can travel again, don’t be afraid to return to your favourite holiday spots or discover new places on the Wild Atlantic Way.

Reclaim the Wild Atlantic Way this summer

So, now that it’s safe to travel, where are you planning to make a break for?

Spectacular sunset strolls, beautiful beaches, tranquil islands and breathtaking cliffside hikes... it’s all waiting for you on the Wild Atlantic Way.

Get the family together for a scenic cycle along the Great Western Greenway, stay in a remote hideaway along Mayo’s epic coastline and explore the colourful streets of Galway.

Relish the opportunity to explore Ireland, there’s so much to see and do. Plan a special staycation at home and fall in love with our incredible country all over again. Don’t let summer 2020 pass you by — now is the time to make a break for it.


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