Due to the current COVID-19 situation and following Government advice, all of Devon’s Top Attractions have now closed their doors for the foreseeable future.
PLEASE NOTE – All Easter events and other ongoing events have been temporarily postponed or cancelled.
We apologise for any inconvenience but we are adhering strictly to Government guidelines and all restrictions.
We look forward to a time when the attractions can re-open their doors and welcome visitors back and can start operating again.
Please see below our ongoing press release information.
Dick Wood – Chairman
PRESS RELEASE – DATE 23.03.20
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Last few of Devon’s Top Attractions who remained open now told to close after latest Government intervention to control Covid 19 virus outbreak
With growing worries over the spread of Coronavirus across the county, the last few members of ‘Devon’s Top Attractions’ (the Devon Association of Tourist Attractions – DATA) who remained open have effectively been told to close for business from tonight (Monday 23 March) by the Prime Minister.
The members concerned were all employing special measures to welcome visitors safely, most of whom simply wanted to get outside into the great outdoors and enjoy themselves in some rare sunshine this week whilst also obeying the Government latest ‘two-metre proximity rule’ to other people.
Those few still open for business were largely open-air attractions and had made special arrangements for visitors by restricting access to closed-in areas as listed in Government guidance, such as pubs and cafes etc, and they were employing detailed risk assessments, plus special hygiene and enhanced cleaning measures and washing stations around their sites to help tackle the risk of possible infection.
All of these members were still not considered to be subject to the Government’s current guidance on social distancing until tonight’s announcement limiting movement and gatherings to only essential travel.
Devon’s Top Attractions Chairman Dick Wood said: “We have all been expecting this announcement from the Government in the light of recent events and it should create absolute certainty for both the public and our members for the time being at least about what everyone can do now.
“With schools now closed until further notice, many parents, grandparents and carers might have been looking for safe places to take children and get them out of the house rather than looking at TVs and computers, so the attractions felt they were well placed to provide that ‘safety-valve’ during the Covid 19 crisis.
“But DATA members are naturally all keen to look to the future for the good of Devon’s economy and we are not easily beaten. We are all trying to remain positive about what will happen to our businesses and helping loyal staff and armies of volunteers who underpin it all. Members have received several detailed advice briefing papers from DATA’s Exec team in the last week on the help and guidance available to them, and many will be relieved by tonight’s news, but the devil is always in the detail of course!
“Things changed so very quickly for everyone and on what now seems to have been a daily basis. So, with all DATA members now effectively being told to close, and who welcome some five million visitors annually, there will probably be an adverse effect in time for many local people despite the financial help on offer from the Government.
“Devon’s Top Attractions plans to keep its members and the local media regularly updated so that we have a complete picture for everyone’s benefit, but the information should also be readily available from individual member websites too of course.”
PRESS RELEASE – DATE 19.03.20
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Two thirds of Devon’s Top Attractions remain open for business despite Covid 19 virus outbreak
Despite ongoing Coronavirus concerns, two thirds of the 35 members of ‘Devon’s Top Attractions’ (the Devon Association of Tourist Attractions) are still open for business this coming weekend, or plan to open by the end of the month and the start of the main season, by employing special measures to welcome visitors safely, most of whom will want to get outside into the great outdoors and enjoy themselves.
All those 23 attractions which are open for business have made special arrangements for visitors by restricting access to some closed-in areas, such as buildings and cafes etc, and are employing detailed risk assessments, plus special hygiene and enhanced cleaning measures and washing stations around their sites to help tackle the risk of possible infection.
Many of these attractions have bigger, open sites and so are not considered to be subject to some of the Government’s current guidance on social distancing. With schools closing tomorrow until further notice, many parents, grandparents and carers will probably be looking for safe places to take children and get them out of the house rather than looking at TVs and computers, and many of Devon’s Top Attractions feel they are well placed to provide that ‘safety-valve’ during the Covid 19 crisis.
Please find attached a ‘round-robin’ spreadsheet which shows which DATA members are open and closed, plus some information about restrictions and their current thinking in dealing with this crisis. This list has already been shared with all our members which we hope will help them all going forward, along with us issuing two detailed advice briefing papers on the help and guidance available to our members.
We realise that things may change for our members quickly on a daily basis, but it’s a snap-shot picture and list of what all DATA member’s situations are at this time. It shows that more member attractions will be open than closed currently with twelve (12) members either closed, part-closed or with restricted opening days, representing one third of the total membership of 35.
DATA plans to keep this spread-sheet regularly updated so that we have a complete picture for everyone’s benefit, but the information should also be readily available from individual member websites too of course.
Easter is traditionally one of the strongest times for Devon tourism and for our members with the real start of the main season, so we are planning to issue another update early next week to all local media listing what Easter events are going on around the county.
Notes to News Desk
If you wish to discuss the situation across Devon’s top Attractions or make contact with any of our DATA members about this press statement and attachments, please contact DATA Marketing Manager Anne Blackham or DATA Chairman Dick Wood as listed below.
The Devon Association of Tourist Attractions operates as ‘Devon’s Top Attractions’ and represents the majority of major tourist attractions in Devon.
Members are regularly inspected to make sure they meet the rigorous criteria and quality standards. Ensuring that visitors experience quality in terms of venue, facilities, content, service and value for money. Members continue to work together to raise and maintain the standard of tourist attractions across Devon.
Many members have obtained awards from the Devon Tourism Awards, South West Tourism Awards, Visit England, Green Tourism Business Awards Scheme, Travel Awards, Trip Advisor and many more.
Their website is www.devonstopattractions.co.uk
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Their Complete Guide to Devon leaflet comes with free road map, beach guide and tide table 1 million distributed each year.
For further information,
please contact: Anne Blackham –Marketing & PR – mobile 07905 291567
Email: [email protected]
or Dick Wood – Chairman [email protected] mobile 07711 552947