Following the announcement of the latest 'Rule of 6' restrictions, in force from Monday 14th September, Government COVID-19 guidelines have been updated with regards to working safely in the visitor economy.
'Bring Your Baby' may continue to run guided tours to groups of up to 30 people, although I would never take this many people even in ordinary circumstances and I am limiting tours during COVID-19 to 10 adults or less, depending on the nature of the walk.
'Guided tours of up to 30 people may take place indoors or outdoors provided businesses undertake risk assessments in line with this guidance document and put any necessary mitigations in place.'
The above information can be found in part 2.2.2 of the visitor economy guidance for working safely during coronavirus (COVID-19).
All walks have been adapted to allow us to socially distance, and every walk listing contains a description of the ways in which I have adapted the walk's route, content, delivery and administration to make it as safe and enjoyable as possible. I am following the advice as set out by the Institute of Tourist Guiding for guides, which can be read here:
The above guidance states that if requested, guides will consider wearing a mask or visor. I will be speaking at a conversational volume, and if I think it necessary following risk assessment, using a visor and/or voice amplifier.
I will be monitoring distances between groups/parties/bubbles of customers during each walk, and asking each group/party/bubble to stand with as much distance between them as possible, and always at least 1 metre+ apart. Customers should not gather whilst standing or travelling during a guided walk in a group/party/bubble larger than 6 people - including adults and children of any age - as per 'rule of 6' restrictions.
I will be carrying a printed risk assessment, the government guidelines and any other necessary documentation on my person to present as proof that we are abiding by the 'rule of 6' guidelines, and not breaking the law.
In each walk's description I have also provided information which will be useful for customers before they book, such as opportunities we will have to stop to feed and change, or grab a take-away coffee from an outdoor venue (as long as it is done following social distancing protocol). For the time being we will not be able to take refreshment indoors, but I always include places we can tend to babies, and customers are welcome to stop or rest at any time.
As we are not always able to stop for take-away refeshment, I always advise bringing sufficient drinks and snacks to sustain you and your children.