Further clarification on coaches and the “Rule of Six”

Group in front of coach

Regarding the Government’s recent “Rule of Six” restrictions, the DCMS (Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport) has provided further clarification for coach operators and GTOs who may be planning trips for their groups in England.

Coach tours of over six people on the coach can go ahead if it is possible to ensure that groups of more than six do not mingle on a tour. People must stay in their groups of up to six (or larger if they are from one household) on all parts of the tour – for example whilst in hospitality settings and when visiting attractions, as well as whilst on the coach.

Legislation does not place any capacity constraints on public transport services, private hire vehicles or leisure tours. Operators should continue to provide Covid-secure transport services which can accommodate multiple groups of six people.

Hospitality services within hotels, such as hotel dining rooms and bars will need to follow the new requirement to close to the public between 10pm and 5am. Hotels will still be able to provide food and drink through room service as long as it is ordered by phone or online.

Another new development which will have an impact on groups is the arrival of the new NHS Track and Trace app. Hospitality venues will now be required to display a QR code which will enable visitors to ‘check in’ with their details via the app on their smartphone. As some guests and travellers may either not have a smartphone or wish to download the app, individual venues will still need to continue to collect details of visitors by other means. Operators and GTOs should continue to ensure that they have full lists of participants available to share with any venues they visit during the course of a tour.

Link to the DCMS guidance.

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