Tour guides honoured with safeguarding award

Bury St Edmunds tour guides are among the first guiding services to have been awarded the “We’re Good to Go” Visit England tourism industry standard, which assures visitors that they are following government advice to safeguard against Covid-19.

Chairman Adrian Tindall said that safety has always been at the forefront of its tours.

“To manage social distancing requirements, we will now only accept online bookings, have smaller group sizes and modify our routes,” he added.

A few other changes will occur including the guides wearing branded gilets to indicate that they have all been accredited to the national standard.

He said: “We will still be delivering daily tours at 2pm and this is an excellent way of getting your daily exercise while learning about our wonderful town.”

In March the tour guides took over the former Rangers’ Hut in Bury St Edmunds Abbey Gardens to use as their base.  It needed a bit of a makeover so they became volunteer painters, decorators and cleaners – all was done, just as lockdown was imposed.

But as they restart tours on Saturday, July 4, the guides have added their new signage.

“Although we will not be using the hut as a public venue, it helps us to have such a prominent site and is a great advantage in advertising what we do,” said Adrian.

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