Rediscover Ireland’s Ancient East: your guide to safe travel this summer
After months of staying at home, it’s finally safe to travel around Ireland again. Reunite with family and friends, savour the magic of long summer evenings, and make it a summer to remember forever. Wander along the medieval streets of Kilkenny, visit the glorious gardens of Carlow and hike the wonderful walks of Wicklow.
Here’s how to stay safe this summer while exploring the forest landscapes, historical gems, renowned restaurants and traditional pubs of Ireland’s Ancient East.
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 forever.
With travel resuming, the COVID-19 Safety Charter is a commitment from our tourism industry including hotels, restaurants, guesthouses, bars 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.
Hike the Ballyhoura Way with friends or book a weekend in pretty Carlingford 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 in Ireland’s Ancient East.
Reclaim Ireland’s Ancient East this summer
So, now that it’s safe to travel, where are you planning to make a break for?
Enchanting castles, carefully cultivated gardens, fun forest walks and ancient historical sites - there’s so much to explore in Ireland’s Ancient East.
Book a stay in a luxury hotel, plan a special dinner with friends, bring the kids on new adventures and relish your new-found freedom.
Take the opportunity to rediscover our spectacular country and make a break for it on a staycation to remember. Ireland has never felt bigger, get back out there and reclaim summer 2020.