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Government Guidance

WORKING ALONGSIDE MANY GOV DEPTS

RULES SUBJECT TO GOVERNMENT RULES

  • In a press conference this evening, Prime Minister Boris Johnson confirmed that England will move to step 4 from 19 July.

    He said that we cannot return instantly to how life was before COVID-19. While cases are high and rising, everybody needs to continue to act carefully and remain cautious. The next steps have been set out in the moving to step 4 guidance published today (see below).
    New guidance on moving to step 4
    The Government has published new guidance on moving to step 4 of the roadmap for England that outlines the key protections that will remain in place, the pathway through the summer and the five-point plan to manage the virus in the next phase.

    At step 4, while many of the legal restrictions that the Government has imposed through the pandemic will be lifted, cautious guidance will remain, making it clear this is not yet a return to normal. The Government will continue to manage the virus and provide guidance over the coming months.

    Key protections that will be kept in place:

    • Testing when people have symptoms and targeted asymptomatic testing in education, high risk workplaces and to help people manage their personal risk.
    • Isolating when positive or when contacted by NHS Test and Trace or when advised to by the NHS COVID-19 app.
    • Border quarantine: for all arriving from red list countries, and for those people arriving from amber list countries, other than those UK residents fully vaccinated in the UK vaccine programme.
    • Cautious guidance for individuals, businesses and the vulnerable whilst prevalence is high including:
    • – Whilst Government is no longer instructing people to work from home if they can, Government expects and recommends a gradual return over the summer;
    • – Government expects and recommends that people wear face coverings in crowded areas such as public transport;
    • – Being outside or letting fresh air in; and
    • – Minimising the number, proximity and duration of social contacts.
    • Encouraging and supporting businesses and large events to use the NHS COVID Pass in high-risk settings to help to limit the risk of infection. The Government will work with organisations that operate large, crowded settings where people are likely to be in close proximity to others outside their household to encourage the use of the NHS COVID Pass. If sufficient measures are not taken to limit infection, the Government will consider mandating the NHS COVID Pass in certain venues at a later date.

    Pathway through the summer

    • On 12 July and in the days following, the Government will publish guidance on how to reduce risk through practicing key behaviours:
    1. – For individuals: while there is a move away from most legal restrictions, the guidance is there to help us all act responsibly. While prevalence is high, it is essential that everybody follows the guidance and takes action to protect themselves and others.
    2. – For businesses, setting out advice for how to understand and mitigate risks as we start to live with COVID-19.
    3. – For those who are Clinically Extremely Vulnerable.
    • On 19 July, most legal restrictions will end, removing social distancing and social contact restrictions and enabling remaining businesses to reopen. All adults have now been offered a first dose of the vaccine.
    • By the end of July, the Government will publish an updated COVID-19 contain outbreak management framework for local areas.
    • On 16 August, the rules on self-isolating as a contact will change for people who are fully vaccinated, and for under 18s. Those not fully vaccinated will still need to isolate if they are contacts, and everyone will still have to isolate if they test positive, to protect themselves and others.
    • In September, the Government will undertake a review to assess the country’s preparedness for autumn and winter, which will consider whether to continue or strengthen public and business guidance as winter approaches, including on face coverings and test, trace and isolate, and will review the remaining regulations.

    The five-point plan to manage the virus in the next phase

    This five point-plan, set out in the COVID-19 Response: Summer 2021 will help manage the risks of living with the virus on the careful and cautious pathway back to normality.

    1. Reinforce the country’s vaccine wall of defence through booster jabs and driving take up. Government will encourage vaccine take up among young adults and those yet to be vaccinated, ensure all adults have had the opportunity to receive two doses of the vaccine by mid-September, and offer booster jabs to the most vulnerable subject to final advice from the JCVI.
    2. Enable the public to make informed decisions through guidance, rather than laws. Government will reopen the remaining closed settings and remove regulations from 19 July, provide guidance for individuals, businesses, and those who are Clinically Extremely Vulnerable on the behaviours that can help to protect everyone. Government will look to operate public services in a way that supports everyone feeling safe to access them, and work with businesses to the same effect.
    3. Retain proportionate test, trace and isolate plans. Government will keep our testing system in place; continue to offer free lateral flow tests to help people manage their personal risk; maintain current domestic isolation requirements until 16 August before introducing an exemption for fully vaccinated contacts and under 18s; and maintain support for self-isolation, with practical and financial support available until the end of September.
    4. Manage risks at the border and support a global response to reduce the risk of variants emerging globally and entering the UK. Government will continue to operate a traffic-light system for international travel, reassessing the red, amber and green lists this week, and every three weeks, through the summer; remove quarantine requirements for fully vaccinated UK travellers returning from amber countries from 19 July, while retaining PCR testing crucial for identifying new variants; and accelerate global vaccination by prioritising access to vaccines in developing countries.
    5. Retain contingency measures to respond to unexpected events, while accepting that further cases, hospitalisations and deaths will occur as the country learns to live with COVID-19. Government will continue to monitor the data on a regular basis to ensure there is no danger of the NHS facing unsustainable pressure; work with local authorities and provide national support to local areas that need an enhanced response to COVID-19; and maintain contingency plans for re-imposing economic and social restrictions at a local, regional or national level if evidence suggests they are necessary to suppress or manage a dangerous variant. Such measures would only be re-introduced as a last resort to prevent unsustainable pressure on the NHS.

Businesses and venues

All businesses and venues should follow COVID-secure guidelines to protect customers, visitors and workers.

 

See full guidance on which businesses and venues are permitted to be open under each local restriction tier.

SEATING PLAN
MAP & CHARGES

SUBJECT TO AVAILABILITY

REGULAR
SEATS: £54.00pp

PREMIUM
FRONT & EXIT DOOR SEATS: £60.00pp

Although it’s not a condition of booking, we would prefer individuals to consider the benefits of bringing a family friend or carer to occupy the seat beside them.
(HELPING US MAINTAIN THE BUBBLE POLICY)

WELLNESS RETREATS FOR DEVON RESIDENTS

UK DAY TRIPS

PART OF OUR HEALTH AND WELLNESS PROGRAM WHERE SUPPORT & FRIENDSHIP HAVE A VALUE

WHICH GROUP TO JOIN

(1) ** Senior Citizens
(2) ** Under ’60s
– This can also include family members, friends and carers

TRIP ADD-ON’S (OPTIONAL)

Our various excursions are aimed at enhancing the fun element of meeting others. These may be heritage railway tours, theatre events, visits to shopping outlets and other points of interest.

All our excursions are also available without having the need to book a coach seat as individuals may opt to use private transport.

ALSO PERFECT FOR PRIVATE HIRE

** Social clubs and groups across Devon
** Care and residential home services

Due to high demand, early bookings are recommended. We have a first come, first serve policy based on seat availability within our coaches.

CCOOAACCHH   IINNFFOO

THE TOUR PACKAGES ARE A WORKING PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN DARTLINE COACHES & OTTERY TRAVEL.

We have access to various coaches that range from the 25 seater Mini bus to 53 Seater Executives with Air Conditioning, Toilet, and Drinks Facilities. Coach selection is based on access as many interesting locations are well hidden with narrow lanes that will not permit any large scale vehicle.

All text information supplied has been verified by Dartline Coaches.

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SUBSIDISED TOURS FROM CHARITIES / ASSOCIATIONS

MANY CHARITY ORGANISATIONS OFFER FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE WITH YOU JOINING US DUE TO MENTAL WELLNESS

As an organisation, we are proud to work alongside ALL charities and associations. We believe that many good will offer financial support to individuals looking to join us as a way of escapism from mental illness.  Many may not provide 100% financial assistance but you could also ask for subsidised allowance that would go towards the travel package. The level of subsidy is subject to grant’s receivable from local authorities. These can range from 100% to 5% dependent on the level of grants provided BY YOUR CHARITY.

ARE YOU ON BENEFIT / COMMUNITY SERVICES

ARE YOU QUALIFIED TO RECIEVE PIP ?

Those on benefits and financial support or are disabled / have a health condition may use their PIP allowance for seat allocation

SEARCH TERM: WELLNESS BREAKS

Rolling out trips after August 02

DISCOVER OUR POPULARITY

Call it networking, call it fun, or call it chatting with new friends… “We focus our tours around enhancing communication between passengers through Fun Events. Since lockdown of 2020/21 social interaction has meant that people have craved to feel free and meet others (IN SAFETY) and expand their circle of friendships. What make our trips unique is that everyone on board has the need to make new friends.

Creative events where everyone knows your name

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HEALTH & SAFETY

COVID RESTRICTIONS IN PLACE, SUBJECT TO GOVERNMENT RULES. HOWEVER, OUR POLICY IS TO ALWAYS RETAIN HEALTH & SAFETY PROTOCOLS RELATED TO ON BOARD ‘WEARING OF FACE-MASKS’.

THE FOLLOWING RESTRICTIONS ARE FOR POLICIES PRIOR TO JUNE 21st, 2021
* An excuse to get out and enjoy fresh air in the company of strangers using safe covid protocols
. This service is only for DEVON residents.

 

Current Passenger Departure Point:
Exeter St. Davids Rail Station

WE ARE ALSO LOOKING AT ADDING ADDITIONAL POINTS

(subject to demand). 

 

* There is no mandatory requirement for face masks on private hire, should the coach be booked on a dry hire basis.  However, in circumstances where different families, groups and individuals occupy a shared vehicle it is mandatory that face masks are always to be worn, especially when talking to strangers on board. Our service allows regular comfort breaks that allow passengers to stretch their legs on longer journeys.

 

* In the event of several pick-up points, travellers will need to start filling up the rear of the coach first, as this helps to minimise close contact.

 

* Seating arrangements first row behind driver to be left clear unless vehicle fitted with a protective screen (We have 2 private hire vehicles already fitted). The remaining passenger seats to 1m+ so window seats and any family members or carers will be able to sit together. We aim o keep a single seat space between all strangers.

EUROPEAN TOURS

ONLY WHEN RESTRICTIONS ARE LIFTED

(2) 2 DAY SHORT BREAKS – From Staycation Events to Full European Travel Programs to Pilgrim Tours TBA
(3) 5 night / 6 day Group Tour Packages, (including Cruises) available through our travel dept. (TBA)
(4) Private invitations to additional social events that connect people

HEALTH & SAFETY & FUN TAKEN SERIOUSLY
Face masks will be worn in any closed indoor environment

WHAT IS INCLUDED / OPTIONAL

HOSTED
INCLUDED

TRANSPORTATION
INCLUDED

SNACK BOX**
INFORMATION

COMFORT BREAKS
INCLUDED

TRIP ADD-ON’S*
OPTIONAL

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

BAD WEATHER

BAD WEATHER

That feeling of having booked a day out and it rains… DON’T WORRY
The prospect of having reserved a tour date, many may feel disappointed. The beauty is that our events are mainly undercover. From coach to any selected excursion. (We always ensure that our events cater for any last minute changes.)

HYGENE ON COACH TRAVEL

THESE RESTRICTIONS ARE FOR EVENT MANAGEMENT PRIOR JUNE 21ST 2021

We will however be cautious and always make safe alternations that keep our travellers safe

 

HYGIENE
Q. As people move through the isle, it is expected that they will be touching every seat by default and leaving imprints on the seats?

A. We will address this question in two parts

  • (1) Prior to boarding the coach, everyone will be provided a set of blue surgical gloves which they are expected to wear every-time they travel along the isle of the coach
  • (2) The inside of the coach is given a coating of ‘Biocide’ as an Aqueous coating. This remans active for up to seven days.The aqueous coating is hard wearing and creates a clear coat of active biocide which can only be removed by cleaning with a strong bleach, disinfectant or simply worn away. (Similar to an active coating of clear varnish). If 1000’s of people rub the hand rail in the same spot continuously then that area coating, at some point will be worn away (just as varnish would be). If no one rubbed their hand on the rail, it would stay active for over 30 days. PLEASE NOTE THAT EVERY COACH LEAVING THE DARTLINE GARAGE IS RE-SANITISED SUBJECT TO USAGE – DAILY & WEEKLY SLOTS.

USAGE OF PERSONAL TRAVEL

PERSONAL TRAVEL
Q. What is the purpose of offering personal travel for coach day trips on events?

A. The answer is one related to health and safety and personal space

  • (1) Restrictions on minimum passenger number on coach tours will not be restricted to 30 people. It’s because of this that many may prefer to use personal travel and join our fun groups on location. With exception to saving on seat capacity on board, attendees do not lose any part of the fun factor and the option of establishing friendship amongst others.

ANXIETY

ANXIETY

A feeling of worry, nervousness or unease.
The recent lockdown measures imposed by the Government have caused many people to fully isolate and feel an increase in their level of anxiety. People need to communicate more than Zoom or Skype.

All guests, passengers including staff will need to maintain the wearing of face-masks (Exemptions subject to medical issues). Social communication is paramount to every person. The coach trips we organise are managed using as many COVID protocols available.

GROUP BOOKINGS & DIRECT COACH HIRE

You Decide The Event – We’ll Provide The Logistics

USE THIS FOR GROUP BOOKINGS ONLY

RESERVATIONS - CLUBS & ASSOCIATIONS

  • First NameLast Name 

GENERAL REQUEST

FOR COACH DRY HIRE ONLY

  • First NameLast Name 
  • DD slash MM slash YYYY

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UK Day Trips Explained

MAX 52 PEOPLE IN TOTAL INC HOST & DRIVER

FOR ALL: Single | Separated | Divorced | Widowed or in Relationships

ACCOMPANIED GUESTS

ACCOMPANIED GUESTS

There are no AGE restrictions on accompanied guests.

We know that some people isolating may have there own carers and may be under 30 years old.

We offer 100% flexibility on age related guests as it’s your enjoyment onboard what really matters.

** SNACK BOX

SNACK BOX

Unless stated otherwise, we provide all passengers with a SNACK BOX containing various re-energising items like apple juice and a vegiterian  pie. We ask every passenger on confirmation of his or her booking to inform our office of any special dietary requirements. We always try to accommodate everyone.

SNACK BOXES are NOT provided with restaurant lunch events or any type of overseas travel.

TRAVEL INSURANCE

TRAVEL INSURANCE

Please note that travel Insurance is not provided within the cost. You are free to have your own or ask our office to provide you with a quotation closer to the time of your confirmation.

UK Tour Cost

SUBJECT TO AVAILABILITY

From
£54.00 per person

WHAT IS INCLUDED
RETURN TRAVEL FROM ST. DAVIDS TRAIN STATION – INCLUDING COMFORT BREAK, COACH HIRE, DRIVER, HOST & SNACK BOX** EXCLUSIVE TO RAIL EXCURSIONS ONLY

WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED
ADD-ON EXCURSIONS TO FUN EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES
SNACK BOXES ON TRIPS TO SHOPPING OUTLETS/ VILLAGES

DAY TRIP

GUIDE
10.30 – 17.30

NO MEMBERSHIP BUT BOOKINGS ARE TAKEN ON A FIRST COME BASIS

EXAMPLE SCHEDULE

TIMINGS ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE

PASSENGER “HEAT CHECK” PRIOR TO BOARDING
PICK-UP POINT ST DAVID’S TRAIN STATION
10.30 – 11.30
 APPROX BOARDING TIME

11.30 – TOUR DEPARTURE TIME
13.00 – APPROX ARRIVAL TIME AT LOCATION* or FREE TIME
CHARGEABLE ADD-ON FOR EXCURSIONS –  OPTIONAL
(SNACK BOX** SEE CONDITIONS)
16.00 – START RTN TRIP HOME
17.00 / 17.30 – APPROX RETURN TIME TO PICK UP POINT

Information for
TEAM LEADERS

GROUP BOOKINGS

Useful tool for anyone keen on hosting a group event

SOCIAL GROUPS

SOCIAL GROUPS

SOCIAL GROUP EXCURSIONS

> CHARITY CLUBS TO ASSOCATIONS

RESIDENTIAL CARE HOMES

CARE HOMES

RESIDENTIAL CARE HOMES

> AVAILABLE SW ENGLAND ONLY

No Computer?  NO PROBLEM

PLEASE PHONE US ON 01404 811 849 AND WE WOULD BE HAPPY TO ADD YOUR DETAILS MANUALLY SO THAT YOU MAY RECEIVE OUR UPDATES.
A MEMBER OF STAFF WILL BE HAPPY TO COMPLETE YOUR REGISTRATION

OUR OFFICE WILL HANDLE SEAT ALLOCATIONS
TRAVEL DATES RELEASED THROUGH OUR OTTERY TRAVEL OFFICE

TERMS & CONDITIONS

HOUSEKEEPING RULES FOR ALL INDIVIDUALS

These are an extension to current rules since COVID-19 

 

  • All events are hosted by facilitators.
  • NO ALCOHOL OR SMOKING PERMITTED ON BOARD OUR TOURS
  • We have usable storage area for disability aids on our coaches
  • Maximum group attendance is subject to permitted government acceptance (Pre June 21st will be 30 People), any pre-deposits that may have been paid are refunded fully on cancelled events.
  • SNACK BOXES are only provided on selected itineraries (Please check).
  • We will not accept any behaviour that may put others at risk.
  • Prior to registering, please ensure that your personal health DOES NOT impede the enjoyment for fellow guests and attendees.
  • Please check prior to confirming any reservation that your (If needed) travel insurance documents are up to date.
  • We are keen to offer private member clubs, associations and social clubs a fully designed travel package suited to their needs.
  • CANCELLATION POLICY
  • £10.00 admin charge will be levied based on per person when handling any type of refund on a non-confirmed booking where deposits have been accepted.
    Due to restricted margins, we are unable to offer any refunds on any confirmed bookings. Last minute reservations are not permitted.
  • NO SHOW
    Should an individual confirm their seat and decide not to show at an agreed meeting point or departure time (We always allow 15-20 minutes margin time for traffic), then the individual will lose any monies paid.
  • PAYMENT ADDRESS
    Please ensure that payment is made to “Fun Events Corporate Services Limited” at Ottery Travel in Mill Street. EX11 1AD
  • PAYMENT CONDITIONS FOR CORPORATES / GOV DEPT / ASSOCIATIONS INCLUDING SOCIAL GROUPS AND CARE HOMES
    Purchase order must be in-line with the terms and conditions covering deadlines for payments.
  • RESTRICTIONS
    Coach hire conditions do not permit us to entertain any single sex groups. Examples are stag & hen parties.

MARKETING OPPORTUNITIES

PARTNERSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

Would your business benefit by having the opportunity to market a particular product or service to the senior citizen market. If the answer is YES…

We allocate a percentage of cost towards entertaining our passengers.

MARKETING RATES

We only accept pre-printed flyers no larger than A5 in size

Cost of advertising:
Single month: £700
6 Month campaign: £2,500
12 Month campaign; £4,000

A FUN WAY TO GETTING YOUR BUSINESS KNOWN

Freelance networkers based in Devon wanted to promote our health an wellness programs

ENQUIRY LINE
01404 811 849
PRE-BOOK ESSENTIAL

RAIL TICKET CHECK
FOR EXETER ST. DAVIDS STATION

A 11.30 coach departure allows those joining us from across Devon to reach Exeter St.Davids rail station in good time.

SUBJECT TO AVAILABILITY

ADDITIONAL COACHES WILL BE MADE POSSIBLE SUBJECT TO DEMAND

ALL INFORMATION RECIEVED IS TREATED IN CONFIDENCE

STORAGE AREA FOR DISABILITY AIDS IS AVAILABLE ON OUR COACHES THAT WILL BE SUBJECT TO SIZE
Due to high demand, we operate a ‘WAIT LIST‘ policy where travellers are informed via E-Mail and seats are sold on a first come basis. This is due to restrictions on coach seating. Seats may however be pre-booked and paid for in advance.