Covid Safe Hunter Valley Tours in 2022
As we look forward to welcoming our friends from Sydney, the Central Coast, Newcastle and beyond back on tours in 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 January 2022….
Do you use the Service NSW QR code check in?
As of January, 2022 guests are not required to sign in to the Service NSW QR code to board the bus (however we have our Tastes of the Hunter Wine Tours QR code onboard if you wish to do so voluntarily). Guests will need to sign in to the Service NSW QR code at each venue we visit (cellar doors, brewhouses, pubs etc.). We’ll let you know via email a few days before your tour so you can let everyone in your party know to update 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 … all of the venues we visit have a staff member who can sign you in via the Service NSW Business Concierge link. Just tell them your contact details and they’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 most venues can also scan your check in card.
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 via the Business Concierge link or the Covid-19 Check In Card) to the relevant venues that we visit as part of the tour (when required to do so as per the latest requirements.
- 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
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 January 2022, masks are only required to be worn when standing indoors or moving around indoors at hospitality venues. You can remove your mask when you are outdoors and masks are not required for outdoor dining or wine tasting.
Do guests need to be vaccinated to attend wine tours in the Hunter Valley?
As of January 2022, the NSW government guidelines state that both vaccinated and unvaccinated patrons can visit cellar doors, small bars, restaurants, pubs and other hospitality venues. There are no current government restrictions in regards to unvaccinated guests.
That being stated, individual venues can choose to only offer service to vaccinated patrons as an individual business decision.
Thankfully the majority of Hunter Valley venues are still welcoming both vaccinated and unvaccinated patrons and if you book a venue that we know are currently restricting their service to vaccinated guests only, we’ll communicate this policy to you.
Venues can change their policies at any time (and some alter their policies quite frequently) so it is best to keep in mind that the situation can change and we advise that if you anticipate that you will have unvaccinated guests in your party, it is best to tell us so we can double check the rules for the venues you have chosen.
At Tastes of the Hunter Wine Tours we are looking forward to an exciting 2022 where we can welcome tour guests 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!