Thursday 16th July 2020 – Four venues managed by leisure facilities operator Parkwood Leisure have been awarded the ‘We’re Good to Go’ industry standard by Visit Britain.
Launched last month, the ‘We’re Good to Go’ initiative is a new UK-wide standard and mark for the tourism industry, and is awarded to businesses in recognition of adherence to COVID-19 reopening measures outlined by the government and Public Health England.
Buxton Pavilion Gardens, Rufford Abbey Country Park, Dolygaer Activity Centre and rainforest zoo Plantasia have all been awarded the mark in response to new processes put in place to reopen safely post-lockdown.
These include implementing social distancing measures and one-way systems to manage the flow of visitors, comprehensive staff training in-line with new operations relating to COVID-19, and creative solutions to adapting attractions whilst minimising the impact to the sites’ current offerings.
To achieve the new standard, businesses have to complete a self-assessment to check that all measures as advised by the industry’s reopening guidance are being met; this includes a COVID-19 specific risk assessment. Attractions that are signed up to the standard will also benefit from an alert system, which will notify of any further changes to official guidance to ensure they continue to meet the revised health and safety requirements.
Commenting on the award, Glen Hall, managing director of Parkwood Leisure, said: “We are proud to have the efforts of our teams recognised in achieving the new ‘We’re Good to Go’ standard; a huge amount of work has gone on ahead of reopening, and the scheme is a great way of promoting the plans and processes in place ahead of welcoming people back to our sites.
“It’s been an incredibly tough few months for the leisure and tourism industry, but our focus is now on continuing to reopen our sites and provide the confidence and assurance that every effort is being taken to keep our visitors and staff safe and well.”
For more information about the ‘We’re Good to Go’ initiative, click here.