Devon has been named as one of the top three counties with the highest number of hospitality businesses to receive AA COVID CONFIDENT accreditation.
With hotels, restaurants, self-catering accommodation, B&Bs, campsites and more reopening to the public as lockdown restrictions begin to ease in England, the AA has revealed that 4,000 hospitality businesses have now registered for its COVID CONFIDENT assessment scheme, with 206 establishments accredited in time for July 4.
Devon, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, and North Yorkshire are leading the charge with the largest number of establishments to hold an AA COVID CONFIDENT accreditation on July 4.
The AA COVID CONFIDENT assessment scheme is designed to support the hospitality industry in re-establishing and rebuilding consumer confidence as the UK prepares to come out of lockdown, giving customers confidence that accredited hotels, restaurants, pubs, B&Bs and beyond have the necessary protective measures in place to safely reopen once lockdown restrictions are lifted.
The accreditation will indicate to customers that an establishment has in place the necessary risk assessments, safety measures and staff training, in line with the Government and UK Hospitality’s published guidelines, to reopen safely when permitted to do so by the Government. The scheme has been backed by over industry bodies.
Simon Numphud, Managing Director at AA Media, commented: ‘At this crucial time for the hospitality industry, as businesses work hard to get back on their feet, the number of registrations to the AA COVID CONFIDENT scheme demonstrate our industry’s commitment to customer and staff safety. As people start to book holidays and days out, we hope the accreditation will support the public in making informed decisions with confidence.’
The full list of accredited establishments across the UK will be searchable on www.ratedtrips.com from July 4.