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Covid Safe Hunter Valley Tours in 2021

As we look forward to welcoming our friends from Sydney, the Central Coast, Newcastle and beyond back on tours in late 2021 and 2022 and beyond, there are many questions in regards to what Covid Safe touring will look like in the Hunter Valley.

NSW government covid restrictions in regards to tour bus services and the hospitality industry (our partner cellar doors, breweries, distilleries and restaurants) are an ever-changing item and we’ll of course keep everyone up to date with what we know as more information is released.

For now, here are the answers to some frequently asked questions about covid safe wine tours of the Hunter Valley based on what we know as of early October, 2021….

Do you use the Service NSW QR code check in?

Guests are required to sign in to the Service NSW QR code aboard all of our buses and tour guests will also need to sign in to the Service NSW QR code at each venue we visit (cellar doors etc.). We’ll let you know via email a few days before your tour so you can let everyone in your party know to download the Service NSW app if you haven’t already done so.

Don’t have a mobile phone with you? Or your phone battery has gone flat?

No worries … one of our drivers can check you in to the tour using our Service NSW Business Concierge link. Just tell us your contact details and we’ll enter them for you.

Can guests use the Service NSW Covid Check in Card?

If you don’t have the Service NSW app on your phone and you have a Covid-19 Check In card instead (you can create your card here: Create Your Service NSW Covid Check In Card) then we can also scan your check in card.

Tastes of the Hunter Wine Tours Service NSW Business Concierge

Does Tastes of the Hunter Wine Tours have a Covid19 Safety Plan?

Yes! Our Covid Safety Plan is registered with Service NSW and as a part of this we:

  • Require all tour guests to provide their contact details using the Service NSW QR code (or provide them to one of our staff via the Business Concierge link or the Covid-19 Check In Card)
  • Encourage guests to use the hand sanitizer on our buses and at the majority of the venues we visit.
  • Recommend tour guests wear a mask (please bring your own for hygiene reasons) where it is not possible to social distance (eg. Whilst indoors on the bus).
  • Clean and wipe frequently used surfaces, hand rails etc. after each tour with disinfectant
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Do we need to wear a mask when eating, drinking and wine tasting?

No, guests don’t have to wear a mask when seated and eating and drinking (including wine tasting). As of June 2021, masks were only required to be worn when standing indoors or moving around indoors at hospitality venues. We of course are awaiting the NSW government guidelines for hospitality venues which will be announced in October/November 2021 when lockdowns lift and hospitality venues can resume trade.

Do guests need to be vaccinated to attend wine tours in the Hunter Valley?

As per the announcement by the NSW Premier on Monday 27th September, 2021 guests will need to have received 2 doses of a Service NSW approved Covid19 vaccination to visit hospitality venues such as cellar doors, brewhouses, restaurants, pubs etc. in late October and November of 2021 as per the guidelines announced by the NSW government whilst the state moves through the 70% and 80% double dose re-opening plans.

The good news is, early indications suggest that government guidelines will allow all guests (both vaccinated and unvaccinated) to gain entry to hospitality venues (subject to the individual policies of venues) after the 1st December, 2021.

We have had many tour guests that are planning their future tours get in touch with us to mention that they are communicating to their friends to organise a vaccination and plan ahead in case this is a requirement of tour guests in the near future.

As government requirements change and we are informed of the policies of our partner cellar doors and venues, we’ll pass on further information.

In the meantime, we’re watching the media closely and excitedly counting down the days until we can host guests again on our Hunter Valley Wine and Beer Adventure Tour or aboard one of our Private Hunter Valley Tours. Get in touch with us to start planning your Hunter Valley tour escape today!