The COVID-19 outbreak has developed fast and now covers all continents, with various measures put in place by governments across the globe. For the latest information on the pandemic visit the Government website. https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus
We would advise all partners to regularly check the VisitBritain and Government business support web pages, which are being continually updated with the latest advice and information for UK tourism businesses.
As the situation evolves, we recommend all County Durham tourism businesses and stakeholders stay informed by reading the latest health information from the above resources. Please also provide feedback and comments direct to firstname.lastname@example.org
The Government is asking businesses if they can offer coronavirus (COVID-19) support, including:
hotel rooms, transport and logistics, for moving goods or people; medical testing equipment, medical equipment design, protective equipment for healthcare workers, such as masks, gowns and sanitiser; manufacturing equipment; warehouse or office space, for medical use or storage; expertise or support on IT, manufacturing, construction, project management, procurement, engineering or communications; social care or childcare.
Businesses can share the areas they can offer support through the online portal.
View our latest Grapevine COVID-19 business support e-newsletter >
The World Health Organisation has issued advice to help people deal with anxiety and worries related to the COVID-19 outbreak, including seeking information and practical guidance from reliable news sources and staying connected with family and friends via email, social media or telephone. Read the advice in full here >
Undoubtedly, the visitor economy is facing challenging times right now and organisations are required to make fast paced changes to adapt to the conditions around us. By understanding the impact that the Covid-19 Pandemic is having upon Durham’s visitor economy it will help us to understand the work that needs to take place in supporting businesses, and in future months support you to plan your recovery.
You may have already completed our first survey, the information from which has been vital for us to understand the initial impact. We have now a second survey which is helping us to track the ongoing impact of the pandemic. Please spare 5 minutes of your time to complete this We appreciate your support in this matter.