Covid-19 / Omicron Update : Your Safety Remains Our Priority ( Last updated 9/12/21)
The emergence of the Omicron strain of Covid-19 along with the introduction of Plan B by the government naturally raises questions over events such as Excursions. Obviously, we take the health and safety of everyone extremely seriously and this remains our primary priority as we plan for Excursions 2022 and we will endeavour to ensure that measures put in place do not detract from your Excursions experience.
As you are undoubtedly aware from December 10th new measures have been put in place which are likely to remain in law until at least 26th January. These requirements will now form part of the show procedures. We are in regular conversation with Twickenham Stadium, adapting to the new and re-introduced procedures to ensure every one is as safe as possible while attending the show but it is expected that the following will need to be adhered with:
Face masks will be mandatory throughout the show, unless you have an exemption
Visitors, Exhibitors, and Staff will need to show your NHS Covid Pass, to prove you have at least 2 doses of the vaccine or show proof of a recent negative lateral flow test
The above will also be required for visitors to board the transfer coaches traveling to and from the show.
Below is a summary of the key dates:
Monday, December 13 - People advised to work from home again if they can.
From 16 November - At 6am, NHS Covid Passes become mandatory at identified events across England including those within an indoor setting with 500 or more unseated attendees. Venues will have to demand you prove you have had two doses of a vaccine, or a recent negative covid test.
Wednesday, January 5 - This is the date set for the next review Covid measures in England - although the Prime Minister made it clear a review could happen earlier. We are continually reviewing our contingency scenarios should the regulations significantly change which could result in moving the date of the show.
Wednesday, January 26 - The new Covid measures will end on this date unless the Government extends them or they are superseded by different regulations
The show continues to enjoy significant support with over 115 nationwide exhibitors booked, keen to catch up with their trade contacts, to get the travel industry moving and back on its feet. The tourism and coach industry really needs support at this time, and we remain strongly committed to doing so, as it continues to fight the challenges we all face. Hosting the show in January is the perfect opportunity to help start the face-to-face conversations again; for people to consider their days out and short breaks in 2022.
We will, of course, keep a close eye on developments and make appropriate adaptions as required. This includes due consideration for moving the date of the show, should it feel the most appropriate option.