Coach Travel Guidelines
As a result of the Coronavirus Pandemic and to sit in line with government advice, we have made a number of changes to how we operate our coaches and provide travel. The following guidelines are to give our customers an idea of what to expect when travelling with Blackpool Promotions going forward.
On Board Our Coaches
To maintain social distancing, only two persons per row will be allowed on board our coaches – and one person must be sat at a window. There will be exceptions for a family or group of 4 people who are in the same household / bubble, as per guidelines set by the government. Families of 4 people or couples from the same household will be allowed to be seated together.
Each coach will be deep cleaned to our stringent cleaning guidelines after every completed passenger journey with particular attention being paid to key touch points. Our coaches will also undergo regular chemical fogging treatment.
All our coaches are maintained to the highest standard. This includes regular servicing and cleaning of all air conditioning and air filtration filters that are installed on the vehicles. All drivers are issued with PPE equipment including face masks, shields and gloves. PPE may be compulsory and all passengers may be required to wear a face covering whilst travelling on board (although gloves are not necessary).
Prior To Departure Day
Do not travel if you are displaying any of the symptoms of coronavirus which are:
• high temperature
• new, continuous cough
• loss or change to your sense of smell or taste
We ask that you arrive at your allocated pick up point in good time prior to your scheduled departure time, at least 15 minutes before travel.
Upon arrival of the coach, the driver will disembark, confirm your details and then will load your luggage into the coach luggage hold. Please ensure your luggage is clearly marked with your name and destination.
As you board the coach, you will be required to make use of the hand sanitiser that will be available to you at the front of the coach before proceeding to your allocated seat.
To reduce customer movement in the coach and to ensure the safest possible environment, the toilet facilities will not be available for use.
Customers are asked to refrain from eating or drinking on board the coach during the journey.
As a result of the changes above, additional rest stops will be planned into the journey.
You will be required to make use of the onboard hand sanitiser each and every time you board or disembark the coach.
Arrival at your hotel
Upon arrival at your hotel, please remain seated on-board the coach. The hotel manager may board the coach and announce the procedures that are in place for check-in and other guidance for your stay with us. And also may ask that you carefully read the hotel safety guidelines leaflet given to you on board.
Guests will be responsible for their own luggage, however if assistance is required in taking luggage to guest rooms – this must be arranged at reception with a set time allocated to do so to minimise contact with hotel staff, luggage may need to be sprayed with anti viral spray prior to porters assisting.
Hotel Safety and Social Distancing
The health and well-being of our guests and staff is our top priority. As a result, we’re making a number of changes to the way we operate our hotels. Many measures will be in place to ensure that we can welcome back our much-missed guests and provide a safe, enjoyable holiday environment.
We’ll be routinely reviewing our operating procedures to ensure they are aligned to the government’s guidelines and recommendations.
You’ll find hand sanitising stations at key points around the hotel. This will include the hotel entrance and reception, by the lift, at the bar and the entrance to the restaurant. We kindly ask our customers to make use of these stations routinely throughout their stay.
Floor stickers and signage will provide a guide to ensure social distancing is adhered to around the hotel, especially within busy areas, for example in reception and bars.
Seating in the bar, coffee shop, lounge areas and cabaret rooms will all also be spaced out to allow for social distancing and safe movement around the room.
All our staff will receive a temperature check prior to starting their shift and will also be encouraged to take their temperature at home prior to leaving for work.
Food & Drink Service
Your dining experience while on holiday with us will also look a little different to usual.
• Tables will be spaced out in the restaurant in line with social distancing guidelines.
• Any buffet service that was previously available has been removed and all courses will be served directly to your table to ensure guests can remain seated.
• Depending on the number of other guests staying in the hotel, you will be allocated a specific dining time for breakfast and your evening meal.
• There will be no bar service, our friendly staff will take orders and bring drinks directly to you
• All serving and kitchen staff will be wearing gloves and face masks throughout service.
The procedures that we have set out are following government guidelines and are in place to ensure the health and well being of all our guests and staff. Any guests that have any concerns in following these new procedures are asked to make the team aware immediately and will be spoken to by the management in the first instance. Continued breaches of these procedures may result in early departure from your holiday and exclusion from future holidays with Blackpool Promotions.
Additional cleaning is being introduced both prior to your arrival and throughout your stay with us.
We are introducing new measures within our housekeeping departments to ensure a COVID secure environment.
All rooms will undergo a thorough clean using a range of disinfectant and antibacterial cleaning products. Cleaning staff will follow a thorough checklist to ensure all surfaces and touchpoints are sterilised before new guests arrive, as follows:
Additional cleaning is being introduced across the hotel. We will pay particular attention to high traffic areas and key touch points such as lift controls and door handles.
Regular cleaning will be in place to ensure these areas are routinely cleaned during the day and at night.
Additional hand sanitizing stations will also be present and we’ll be asking all our guests to make use of them.