Following the announcement by An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar, on Tuesday 24th March, regarding the new restrictions on movement of people and businesses we sought clarification on 2 of the points made as there was no mention of self catering accommodation within the statement, i.e.
- All hotels to limit occupancy to essential non-social and non-tourist reasons
- All playgrounds and holiday/caravan parks will close
- The clarification came from the Principal Officer in the department of Transport and Tourism.
- “The NPHET recommendations approved by Government yesterday state that ‘all holiday/caravan parks are closed’ and ‘all hotels are limited to non-social and non-tourist occupancy’. While this doesn’t explicitly specify self-catering parks/facilities we think that they would be included under this, especially given the direction from An Taoiseach that “no unnecessary travel should take place within the country or overseas”.
It is therefore understood that self catering operators should not accept guest bookings to arrive between now and April 19th the date these restrictions apply up to. Unfortunately this includes the Easter period, but all bookings due to arrive at that point should therefore be cancelled. This directive relates to the statement ‘no unnecessary travel should take place within the country’ rather than to the nature of the accommodation. As previously stated in it is up to each business to decide how to handle such cancellations in terms of offering guests the choice to holiday at a future date or whether you wish to refund the booking.
I Am Here
Fáilte Ireland, in partnership with PulseLearning, is offering the I Am Here: Rapid Response service to the Irish tourism industry. This is a programme of mental health support and learning within the workplace and beyond to empower employers and employees to have courageous conversations about mental health.
I Am Here recognises that people in your business want to connect with their fellow team members to get the help or support they may need, especially during times of crisis. This programme enables your team members to signpost existing services to those who need it.
Employee Assistance Programme: Counselling and support
To provide more formal supports to those who need it, Fáilte Ireland has partnered with Inspire Workplaces to offer free and confidential access to an Employee Assistance Programme. This is available widely to business owners, employees and people who are self-employed in the industry.
Inspire Workplaces offers wellbeing supports and counselling services as well as advice on financial concerns and legal issues, and has a wealth of experience of supporting organisations and employees at times of crisis across Ireland.
Through a Freephone Helpline, offered 24/7/365, businesses and employees can access this full range of services:
- Freephone Helpline on 1800 201346: You will need to quote Fáilte Ireland when accessing the service to ensure the services are provided to you free of charge.
- Visit www.inspiresupporthub.org and on the homepage, click the purple ‘Sign Up’ icon, top right. Where prompted, enter your company PIN, which is unique to Fáilte Ireland: COFIHUB!
Please click on each link to learn more about COVID-19
COVID-19 is a new illness that can affect your lungs and airways. It’s caused by a virus called coronavirus. Click here for full HSE updates & guidelines
Fáilte Ireland is committed to supporting Ireland’s tourism and hospitality industry, business owners and the wider tourism community as we work to navigate the COVID‑19 situation together. Updates here
European Commissions full statements, guidelines & advice can be found here
FAQ’s Temporary Covid-19 Wage Subsidy Scheme document
This crisis will pass as we know, at a huge human and economic cost. The uncertainty as to when, is causing the greatest anxiety.
Are you June 1st Ready?
On March 4th ISCF issued a news release about ISCF opposition to the proposed legislation due to come in to effect from June 1st, 2019. As part of this release, the ISCF Summary Position Paper was included. Here are links to some of the media coverage;
Kerry Not Part of New Regulations!
Radio Kerry reported on the 7th March about how Deputy Michael Healy-Rae advised listeners that the Housing Minister has promised him that Kerry won’t be affected by new regulations. Read more…
Sample of other recent media coverage
Midwest Radio, Tommy Marron Show -4th March- 9-10am 42 minutes in
Connaught Telegraph -4th March- Self Catering Federation Host Mayo Meeting on Proposed Letting legislation
Kerry Radio -5th March- Major upheaval predicted for Kerry property owners involved in self-catering
Galway Bay FM -6th March- City event on impact of planned legislation for short term lets
Galway Daily -5th March- Is Galway tourism under threat from proposed short term let regulations?
Connaught Tribune -7th March- Tourism Sector’s planning bombshell