(Last Updated 07/08/2020)

A message from Brack Tours during these difficult times:

Dear Friends of Brack Tours,

Together, we are facing a truly unprecedented situation. The global coronavirus pandemic is affecting our families, our businesses, our communities and our way of life.

While we all weather the storm together, anxious as to what the future may hold, we keep our spirits up by treasuring this time with our loved ones and planning for future business whilst our team all work from home.

Celebrating life at every given moment with friends, family or fellow travellers, be it through song, storytelling or laughter, has always been our mantra. We look forward to celebrating life with you, with a renewed sense of appreciation, once the storm has passed.

I want to take this opportunity to thank you for your loyal custom over the years. I encourage you to keep positive and look forward to your visit to Ireland & Scotland, enjoying a true Brack Tours experience when it is safe to do so. Your custom will ensure that myself and my incredible team can get back to the work we love without delay. Please be assured that a member of our Brack Tours team will reach out to you directly as information evolves that may be relevant to your travel plans and we assure you of our best attention and continued service at all times.

In the meantime, please take care of yourself and your loved ones.

Kindest regards,

Peter Clarke – Founder of Brack Tours

& All the Brack Tours Team

Will it affect your tour to Ireland/Scotland?

At Brack Tours, our client’s wellbeing and safety is always our top priority. We continue to monitor the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation daily.

With this in mind, we have taken the unprecedented step to postpone or re-schedule most of our upcoming tour departures in 2020. Please visit the upcoming tours section to see if your tour has been affected.

We have made this difficult decision to firstly protect our valued clients and secondly our industry partners, Tour Directors and our office staff both in Ireland and the USA.

A key factor in our decision was in light of the travel ban extension from the US Government which now bans travel to Ireland and the UK (Effective March 17th 2020 – 4am GMT).

How does this affect bookings for 2020?

If you are booked to travel with Brack Tours from April to October we have put the following steps into place:

  • Group Tours have been postponed for travel and will be rescheduled for late 2020 or the same time period in 2021 as requested by your group leader.

We have already been in touch directly with all of our group leaders or clients affected by this change.

Have not heard from Brack Tours? Please contact us on info@bracktours.com or on our Contact Us page and a member of our team will get back to you as soon as possible.

How will other 2020 tours/bookings be affected?

We hope that all upcoming group tours from October 1st 2020 will proceed as planned. However should this change all groups will be notified and plans put in place to postpone and reschedule as we are supplied with the relative information on any ongoing travel restrictions or governments warnings.

However, if you choose to cancel from any of our booked tour packages at least one month prior to your travel dates, we will waive any change fees to your land tour arrangements and defer your payment to a future trip to be completed with 24 months of your original travel date. Otherwise, our standard terms and conditions will apply to all scheduled bookings & group packages.

PLEASE NOTE – Airfare booked with Brack Tours is non-refundable once paid in full. However we are working with the airlines to defer travel dates or offer credit for future travel where possible. Terms and conditions vary with the airlines and revised policies are being monitored as government travel restrictions and advice is announced.  If you have independently booked your flights, check with your airline to review policies set out.

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What is the current situation in Ireland & the U.K (Northern Ireland, England, Scotland, Wales)?

Ireland:

  • The first response to Covid-19 was a bid to cancel all mass gatherings in Ireland, this resulted in all St. Patrick’s Day Parades being cancelled.
  • On March 12th 2020, the Irish government took the precautionary step of closing all tourist and heritage sites in the Republic of Ireland (as well as schools, colleges, universities and other public facilities) until March 29th.
  • On March 15th 2020, the goverment ordered all ordered all bars and public house to close and advised against large gatherings or hosue parties. The official statement cited difficulty in maintaining social distancing in bars and pubs.
  • On March 24th 2020, the Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar announced that people should stay at home when possible. Only to leave the house for work if you cannot work from home and to go shopping for esstential items.
  • On March 27th 2020, The Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar, and Minister for Health, Simon Harris, have issued strict guidelines for people to stay at home from midnight tonight (March 27th 2020). The only times you can leave your home are: to travel to or from work if you are providing an essential service. To shop for food/essentials to collect medical prescriptions, medical supplies and attend medical appointments. To carry out vital services like caring (including family carers)
  • On May 1st 2020, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar announced that Ireland will begin its journey to a new normal after a further two weeks of the current coronavirus restrictions. The Irish Government has produced a road map detailing the steps which will launch on May 18th 2020​.
  • On June 29th 2020, Ireland entered into phase 3 of the Irish Government’s coronavirus roadmap. The following business are now allowed to reopen – cafés and restaurants providing on-premises food and beverages, pubs and hotel bars operating as restaurants, hotels, hostels, caravan parks and holiday parks. Private transport – Tour, event and private bus use, and vehicle hire may recommence.
  • On 16th July 2020, face coverings should be worn by all customers in shops and shopping centres across the country. Retail staff will also be required to wear a face-covering unless there is a partition between them and members of the public or where there is a distance of 2 metres between them and members of the public.
Northern Ireland, England, Scotland & Wales:

  • From March 12th 2020, many hotels, pubs and visitor attractions in Northern Ireland have been forced to close indefinitely and will be pending further review.
  • On March 16th 2020, Prime Minister Boris Johnson advised everyone in the UK against “non-essential” travel and contact with others, as well as suggesting people should avoid pubs, clubs and theatres, and work from home if possible. Pregnant women, people over the age of 70 and those with certain health conditions were urged to consider the advice “particularly important”.
  • On March 18th 2020, Northern Ireland’s First Minister Arlene Foster & Deputy First Minister Michelle O’Neill announced that all schools in Northern Ireland would be closed from March 23rd until further notice.
  • On March 23rd 2020, Prime Minister Boris Johnson orders people to stay at home for three weeks, strict restrictions to freedom of movement to be enforceable by police, with Stormont set to introduce emergency powers.
  • On May 11th 2020, Prime Minister Boris Johnson revealed the UK Governments plan to bring the UK coronavirus lockdown to an end and get the country “back to work”.
  • On June 23rd 2020, Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced further easing of lockdown restrictions.
  • On June 29th 2020, The UK social distancing rule of 2 metres has now been changed to 1 metre apart.
  • On July 3rd 2020, Northern Ireland has allowed the re-opening of hotels, restaurants, cafes, coffee shops, pubs, bars, museums and galleries. All businesses will have to abide by social-distancing rules. Indoor pubs and bars will have to primarily function as restaurants and offer substantial meals with table service.
  • On July 14th 2020, Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock spoke about plans to make face coverings mandatory in shops and supermarkets from 24 July 2020.
  • On 6th August 2020, The Northern Ireland Executive announced that the use of face coverings in certain indoor settings will be mandatory from Monday, August 10. e.g shops and other indoor enclosed spaces.
``We will to keep this section updated with all current and future updates``

Public Advice & Useful Links:

Stay aware and updated of the latest information on the COVID-19 outbreak by visiting the relevant links below:

World Health Organisation (WHO): https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019

Health Service Executive (HSE): https://www2.hse.ie/coronavirus/

National Health Service (NHS): https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

U.K Government (GOV.UK): https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus

Irish Government (GOV.IE): https://www.gov.ie/en/campaigns/c36c85-covid-19-coronavirus/

Northern Ireland Executive (NI Direct): https://www.nidirect.gov.uk/campaigns/coronavirus-covid-19

How to Contact Us:

Brack Tours LLC, 133 Washington Street #524, Dover, NH 03820 USA
Phone USA/CANADA Toll Free: (1) 855-338-4339

PLEASE NOTE: Our office hours are MONDAY TO FRIDAY 9.00am-5pm GMT. All incoming calls on our toll free number divert to Ireland, due to the time difference you may call during out of hours, we aim to get back to you as soon as possible. Or email your enquiry and a member of our team will reply at their earliest.