Tourism industry embraces ‘COVID Clean’ program

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More than 1,300 Australian tourism businesses have signed up to be certified as ‘COVID Clean’ through a new online program, reflecting the proactive efforts by industry to ensure safe tourism and travel experiences.

The COVID Clean Practicing Business program, developed by the Australian Tourism Industry Council (ATIC), generates customised cleaning checklists tailored for the industry based on Safe Work Australia recommendations and individual state or territory requirements.

ATIC executive director Simon Westaway said the strong take-up of the program demonstrated the industry’s genuine commitment to customer and employee health.

“In just over a month since the COVID Clean program was launched, more than 1,300 businesses from across Australia have signed up,” he said.

“The free online COVID Clean program gives tourism businesses the resources they need to implement practices such as social distancing, customer guidance and risk registers to minimise spread of COVID-19 and provide peace of mind to customers and employees.”

Kerry Meares, owner of Coonawarra Experiences in South Australia, said the COVID Clean Practicing Business accreditation was straightforward, informative and provided a comprehensive refresher on cleaning protocols.

“Having completed this process, we can provide an extra level of assurance to our guests that we are aware of what’s required to protect their health and have implemented these requirements,” she said.

Businesses interested in accessing the COVID Clean program can do so here.

Featured image: iStock/sdominick

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