New hygiene standards are being implemented in our experiences. Of course, the most important thing for everyone is to stay safe during these times both for our guests and for our hosts. That is why we have come up with some rules that need to be followed in order to carry out experiences whilst COVID-19 still poses a threat.
Please note that Withlocals will not be promoting or encouraging any kind of in-person tours or experiences until the local government has deemed it safe to do so.
Hosts are required to follow local government recommendations and wear a mask during the experience to protect themselves from guests and also to protect the guests against any coughing, sneezing, or other action that could cause contamination. We suggest going for non-medical masks, since they are recommended as a means to ensure supply for the medical industry, are accessible to the general public & some types are also reusable and can be washed after use. Please refer to your specific country rules if this differs. Wearing masks can be adapted to the wish of the host and the guest together if it aligns with government regulations.
Guests are also recommended to abide by local government rules. We will advise all of our guests to bring and wear a mask on the tour. Hosts can be in touch with guests before the tour to check that they do have a mask for extra security.
Hosts are recommended to carry hand sanitizer with them during the tour to be able to frequently wash their hands after touching certain things (traffic lights, ticket counter, money exchange, etc). It is particularly useful for food tours. If hosts do not have hand sanitizer, then often the local restaurants will provide this for hosts & guests.
1.5 Metre distance
Hosts should respect the 1.5-meter distance from the guests. This includes no handshaking with the guests at the beginning or end of the tour. A simple wave 👋 or a bow 🙏 goes a long way. Since the experiences are private and guests will be family or close friends, the rule does not apply to them with each other. For experiences inside (workshops, cooking classes, or visiting attractions), be cautious of this, especially in smaller areas.
Gloves are not necessary for the tours if hosts don't wish to use them. The most useful scenario is for hosts to use them during a cooking class.