COVID-19

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This page contains information, including links to advice and updates, for anybody who has booked a tour with us for the 2020 tour season.

For general information and travel briefings you should rely initially on the information published by the World Health Organisation and your own Government and Health Services’ travel advisories. We’ve provided links below to relevant resources that we consider to be useful in this regard.

The COVID-19 pandemic is posing unprecedented challenges worldwide and is forcing governments, businesses and private citizens to change plans and make adjustments at short notice.

The health and safety of our customers and staff is our priority during this crisis. We continue to rely on the advice of

  • the scientists and healthcare professionals who are advising on the worldwide and national responses to the COVID-19 pandemic and
  • national Governments who are implementing those responses

The advice and level of response are changing almost daily and we will monitor these and base our own response on the most up to date information.

  • The Irish Government on May 1st published a “Roadmap for reopening Society and Business”. It proposes a phased approach to the easing of travel and social restrictions currently in place. Each of the 5 phases of the roadmap has a suggested start date, but the plan stresses that these dates are tentative and subject to review. They are, therefore, the earliest possible dates at which each phase can commence.
  • This in turn gives us some clarity about the earliest date when we might be able to resume our tour schedule. It is clear now that there is no possibility that international travel and tourism will be allowed to resume in Ireland before Phase 5 (August 10th). We have therefore decided to cancel all tours starting before that date and we are currently processing refunds and credits for our customers on those tours.

In view of the travel advice and restrictions outlined above we have cancelled the following tours.

April 15th – April 24th, Chuck Brodsky

April 26th – May 5th, Chuck Brodsky

April 29th – May 8th, David Francey

May 7th – May 16th, Moors & McCumber

May 11th – May 20th, Cathy Jordan

May 15th – May 24th, Dana Cooper

May 19th – May 28th, Moors & McCumber

May 23rd – June 1st, Tim Grimm

May 31st – June 9th, Kitty Donohoe

June 4th – June 13th, David Roth

June 15th – June 24th, Small Potatoes

June 27th – July 6th, Tom Kimmel

July 6th – July 15th, Buddy Mondlock & Mike Lindauer

July 9th – July 18th, Vicki Belinoski

July 12th – July 21st, Joe Crookston

July 18th – July 27th, Tom Kimmel & Kenneth Robinson

July 21st – July 30th, Kate Campbell

August 4th – August 13th, Tim and Jackson Grimm

August 7th – August 16th, Harmonious Wail

If we need to cancel further tours we will communicate in the first instance with customers booked on those tours.

Enhanced Cancellation Policy

We have enhanced our cancellation policy to take account of the concerns of our customers, the general uncertainty about how the pandemic will develop and how our tours might be affected. The Enhanced Cancellation Policy is framed in such a way as to give you as much notice as possible of our intentions. It is, therefore, subject to amendment over the coming weeks until the danger has passed. Please check regularly to see if your tour is likely to be affected.

Effective immediately (May 2nd), our  Enhanced Cancellation Policy has been amended to take account of the “Roadmap” published on May 1st.

Please note also that it is our intention to resume our tour schedule when the relevant authorities say it is safe to do so.

 

UPDATES

May 18th. Today marks the first day of easing of social distancing and trading restrictions in Ireland. Most cultural and tourism sites and restaurants, as well as all pubs remain closed. Also, anybody entering the country will be required to self-isolate for 14 days. Clearly therefore, tourism remains impossible for the moment.

To date, there have been 24,112 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ireland with 1,543 fatalities. The transmission rate, number of new cases and admissions to hospital and ICUs are, however, continuing to decline.

May 3rd. In view of the plan published by the Government on May 1st, we have no option but to cancel all tours with start dates before August 10th.

May 3rd. The Irish Government on May 1st published a “Roadmap for reopening Society and Business”. This, among other things clarifies the position for the tourism industry at least until August 10th.

For archived updates, click here.

 

Useful links

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World Health Organisation – this is the WHO’s top-level COVID-19 website. There are further useful links here, including travel advice, current worldwide Situation Reports, FAQs and some very useful advice on how to protect yourself against the disease.

Health Service Executive – the HSE is the national authority for public health in Ireland. This page has the very latest information on the situation here, as well as risk assessment and general advice for personal protection.

US Government – this is the US Department of State’s travel advisory page for Ireland. It includes general travel advice and has specific updates about the COVID-19 situation in Ireland. If you wish, you can arrange here to have regular, specific updates sent directly to you.

Canadian Government – this is the Canadian Government’s travel advice for Ireland. It also includes general information and a section dealing with the perceived risk level.

UK Government – this is the UK Government’s travel advice for Ireland. You can subscribe on this page to receive email alerts every time the travel advice for Ireland is updated.