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A post COVID19 return

Flinders Street Station, Melbourne, Australia

The Coronavirus Pandemic required Melbourne By Foot to shut down our operations in mid-March 2020. In Australia, all non-essential activities were suspended, and people urged to stay at home unless necessary.

I’ve made a few visits to the city over the last two months. Overall foot and vehicle traffic in the city was down to around 30% of normal levels.

But in the public spaces, dining and arts precincts in the city, the impact is much more significant. Business closures, removal of public thoroughfares has impacted significantly on how we use the city.

In many ways, the mood of these transformed streets reminds me of how much the city has changed since the late 1980s when I first lived within Melbourne’s city centre.

This was well before Melbourne’s laneways were transformed into the heart of the city. It was a time when the city’s inhabitants numbered in the mere hundreds. A time where empty city streets during weekend afternoons were quite ordinary, seeing people in a dead-end lane off Flinders Lane would spark suspicion.

Australia has enjoyed its unique geographic advantages which helped defend us against the worst-case Coronavirus scenarios that other countries were actively facing. Our government’s coordinated and front-footed approach in minimising the spread has placed us in a position where we can start to think about reopening.

There will, of course, be changes, many of these will impact on how we can help guests experience Melbourne. These changes are essential and challenging, but because we are a small, agile organisation and have always focused on small group tours, we are ready to meet them.

The most significant change for Melbourne By Foot will be operating all tours in the foreseeable future as single-party, private tours.

This change will enable us to ensure that our guests and staff are safe. With private experiences, we can remain flexible in dealing with any changes as they are required.

Here’s what is changing:

  • Tours will now operate as private, single-party tours.
  • Tours will suit guests particular needs, accommodation and itinerary.
  • Hand sanitiser and other hygiene supplies will be available for guests.
  • Staff will use any required Personal Protective Equipment
  • Guests are requested to use the Australian Government’s COVIDSAFE contact tracing app.

Choosing a tour guide has always required our guests to trust us with the responsibility of sharing the city. The circumstances surrounding Coronavirus adds an extra layer of duty for us to ensure we do everything we can to protect the health and safety of our guests.

We are well aware of the importance of both of these roles and firmly believe that it is the best way to help our guests acquaint themselves with Melbourne today. So no matter if this is your first or tenth visit to Melbourne, we would love to be able to put together a tour for you to help make the most of your visit.

We look forward to sharing the city with you soon. Please get in touch when you are planning your visit.

Regards

Chris Zissiadis
Owner/operator
Melbourne By Foot