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Adapting to the coronavirus

How we’re developing new safety measures for our tours

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The coronavirus (COVID-19) caught the world by surprise, and for many of us it has turned life upside down.

In Europe it looks like the worst is over. Countries are carefully easing lockdown measures and opening up their economies. We’ve even started talking about traveling again.

At Boat Bike Tours we’re realistic and hopeful. It is clear that we can’t return to normal life yet, but it looks like we will be allowed to resume operating our boat and bike tours quite soon under strict hygiene and physical distancing measures.
We also expect news soon about other European countries reopening their borders and enabling short-distance tourism. Long-distance, overseas travel however will take a bit longer to resume.

We have been working hard on a Boat Bike Tours corona protocol over the last weeks. By following this protocol we are able to create a safe travel environment for our guests and staff and to facilitate social distancing on our tours. We expect to get permission from the Dutch authorities very soon to operate tours again in the Netherlands in compliance with this protocol. The same also applies to other European countries where we operate tours, such as Belgium, Germany and France.

By following government measures, avoiding risk and practicing careful optimism, we’ll be able to provide a safe travel environment, and the wonderful experiences of our much-loved tours, again soon.

Current situation in the Netherlands (Last update: May 14, 2020)
The most important factors are:

  • In the Netherlands the number of infections has gone down dramatically.
  • Dutch primary schools have reopened.
  • Restaurants and bars will reopen by June 1 with a limited number of guests allowed and under strict hygiene and physical distancing measures.
  • The same measures also apply to museums and attractions.
  • We expect to get permission to start operating our tours under the same measures in small groups.
  • Our tours will be a little different from usual; we ‘re adjusting certain parts of the program and finding creative solutions for city walks and tour briefings.

Despite these factors, our friendly atmosphere is still the same and we can’t wait to welcome you on board.

New safety measures at Boat Bike Tours
We are introducing new measures on our tours and ships to ensure a safe stay for everyone. Some of the main precautions are:

  • Giving extra attention to hygiene with disinfection stations and extra cleaning
  • Facilitating physical distancing in all public areas
  • Dining in two sittings, to allow for more space per person
  • Table service at all meals including breakfast (instead of self-service and buffets)
  • More support for individual cycling using detailed maps, directions and GPS app
  • Cycling in small groups allowing for sufficient distance between cyclists

Why a boat bike tour is a safer way to travel

On our tours, the ship serves as a floating hotel for a small number of passengers. Your accommodation remains the same for the entire trip, so you don’t need to worry about different cleaning standards at each location. You are with the same group for the whole tour and every single day you’re outside, cycling in the fresh air. While you’re out, the ship will be cleaned thoroughly daily. The bike rides lead through quiet rural areas, avoiding larger crowded spots and cities as much as possible. In this way we’re supporting a safer approach to travel, with more focus on cleanliness, being outdoors and avoiding busy places.

We know that the COVID-19 Corona virus and health and safety are very much on the minds of our travelers. Our priority is to ensure the safety and wellbeing of our guests and staff. We’ll continue to keep you informed and to offer as much help and advice as we can.

Boat Bike Tours Corona Protocol

On the Corona Protocol Boat Bike Tours page you can read the protocol, which was coordinated with the Ministry of Health, Welfare & Sport, the Ministry of Infrastructure & Water Management and the Safety Regions of Kennemerland, North-Holland-North, North-Holland-Central and Zaanstreek-Waterland. No objections were raised to the structure and content.

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