Pernod Ricard’s whisky business Chivas Brothers will be welcoming visitors back to The Glenlivet, Aberlour and Scapa distillery visitor centres from the 29th of July, and Strathisla (pictured) from the 7th of August.
Each site has been equipped with extensive health and safety measures to ensure visitors can take part in the adapted tasting experiences, now operating at a reduced capacity.
Checkpoints have been implemented across each site, including temperature checks at site entrances, hand sanitiser stations in each room, clear social distancing signposts throughout and increased cleaning procedures across the sites. Face masks will be provided where necessary, however, visitors are encouraged to bring their own.
Those wishing to visit the brand homes and experience a socially distanced guided tasting will be required to pre-book their tickets online in order to effectively manage visitor numbers and ensure strict social distancing measures are adhered to at all times. Each site is also operating in accordance with the COVID-19 Track and Trace initiative in order to ensure the safety of visitors, staff and the surrounding community.
Gordon Buist, Chivas Brothers Production Director, said, “We’ve been privileged to support our local communities in Scotland during the pandemic – including producing and distributing thousands of litres of hand sanitiser as NHS Scotland’s first pro-bono supplier – and so continuing to support them by opening responsibly and safely is our number one priority.
“We have had substantial best-in-class Safe System of Work processes in place across all of our operational sites over the last few months, and we have been working closely with our local Speyside and Orkney communities to enable us to take significant steps in implementing these strict social distancing and sanitation measures in our visitor centres as well, ensuring we’re able to welcome visitors safely, protect our colleagues and neighbours, and support Scottish tourism.”