Somerset’s Bakers Dolphin has pledged to safeguard safety, style and comfort after resuming operations under strict new Covid protocols.
The Weston firm last month operated its first commercial trip since March, a North Devon day tour, and expects to complete 16 by the end of August.
New measures include additional onboard air filtration and mandatory face coverings, while capacity has been reduced to ensure social distancing.
The company has has also earned VisitEngland’s "We’re Good To Go" stamp in recognition of its compliance with all government and public health Covid-19 guidance.
Sales and marketing director Amanda Harrington said the firm’s drivers were delighted to get back behind the wheel, and keen to get back on the road.
“We’ve waited a long time to be able to take passengers away again, and it’s extremely gratifying to get such positive feedback," said Harrington.
“We have introduced additional intervention measures in our procedures and on our vehicles, adding air filtration systems which reduce the amount of pollutants in the air, as well as enforcing the wearing of face coverings and reducing vehicle capacities to aid social distancing.
“We want to encourage people back on board and assure them that they can travel safely in style and comfort. We believe that our coaches are as safe as they can possibly be.”
Despite reduced capacity, Bakers Dolphin said it still had some seats left on several September departures.
The firm placed more than 100 employees on furlough during lockdown, with some of its drivers supporting Bristol Ambulance EMS.