COVID-19 Information for Members of Achill Tourism


SUPPORTS FROM MAYO LOCAL ENTERPRISE OFFICE

Your Local Enterprise Office has a number of supports available to businesses during COVID-19, including Business Continuity Vouchers (up to €2,500) and Trading Online Vouchers (also up to €2,500). The online trading vouchers may apply to accommodation businesses seeking to add an online booking engine to their websites, for example. It is worth noting that the criteria for this scheme has been amended so that previous recipients can apply for a second time ‘where upgrades are required’ and also the previous requirement for a 50/50 matched funding has been replaced with a 10% contribution from the business up to a maximum €250 (to secure the maximum grant of €2,500). For more details please visit LEO Mayo.


SUPPORTS FROM FAILTE IRELAND

We advise all members to check the COVID-19 Support Hub provided by Fáilte Ireland for webinars, documents, information and links regarding how COVID-19 is affecting Ireland’s hospitality industry and the supports available. Among the topics covered in the hub are business liquidity, HR risks, managing temporary closure, temporary layoffs and redundancies, safeguarding future revenues, jump-starting sales, operational guidance, government supports, brand & reputation, and employee wellbeing.

Some recently-added information includes:

Insurance & Tourism Businesses
Fáilte Ireland has worked with an independent insurance advisor to produce an FAQ to guide tourism businesses in seeking reduced payments or even refunds on their business insurance policies. Among the questions answered are:

  • Do Business Interruption policies cover financial loss related to COVID-19?
  • What premium reductions might be achievable for your current insurance period?
  • Which of our insurance policies might reasonably be cancelled to generate premium refunds?
  • Should an opportunity arise to use our facilities for other than what we normally do (for example step down facilities to the HSE) what insurance issues arise?
  • What do I need to consider in relation to my insurance cover in light of COVID-19?

The FAQ can be viewed and/or downloaded (its a PDF document, 165KB) at:
Managing Your Insurance during COVID-19

Employee Wellbeing
Failte Ireland’s COVID-19 Support Hub also has a section on Employee Wellbeing during the crisis, which includes two downloadable (PDF format) guides: