9) wear umbrellas and identification signs so that guests in the group can more easily visually follow the direction of their guide who will make sure that the groups do not meet or get too close The Association of Croatian Tourist Guides (ZDTVH) sent proposals to the Ministry of Tourism of the Republic of Croatia for work with groups during epidemiological measures. PROPOSALS BY THE COMMUNITY OF CROATIAN TOURIST GUIDE ASSOCIATIONS FOR WORKING WITH GROUPS DURING EPIDEMIOLOGICAL MEASURES: 4) carry hand sanitizer with you 10) define the direction of movement of groups, distances in the city When entering and guiding indoors (museums, churches, galleries): 1) enter enclosed spaces according to the recommendations, a maximum of 15 or a maximum of 20 persons, in smaller spaces the recommendation is a maximum of 3 persons, considering the recommendations of the CNIPH and the area of the space2) when guiding guests indoors, remind guests not to touch anything with their hands, and when entering Catholic churches, it is recommended to advise guests to move inside the church without touching objects, including holy water if there is one at the entrance. Audio system or microphone: 6) organize the leadership of groups in cities in one direction so that groups do not meet and create crowds, short stays at checkpoints where guests would be welcome to talk When boarding buses, for escort guides:1) disinfect hands,2) do not touch the passengers’ luggage3) the microphone in the bus should be disinfected and not placed too close to the mouth, (what about the sponge on the microphone? Can it be well disinfected) 5) if the group is larger than 30 people divide the group into 2 guides if possible (considering additional costs) 1) explore the possibilities of an audio system that connects to guests’ mobile devices – seemingly one of the cheaper variants2) who can procure let him use a microphone that will allow sufficient distance from the guests 8) enter enclosed spaces only if necessary and requested by the agency, if the entire tour is not done from an open outdoor space 11) pay attention to parking lots for buses, in Pula, Poreč, find an adequate solution and mark the direction of movement of groups Information to guests about the behavior during the tour 2) guides do not shake hands with guests and keep 2 m away from guests. 3) if there is an inquiry for a full day of driving, it is recommended that the tourist guide does not go to the bus but welcomes the group driving to the next destination according to the program in his own car, provided that the guide has a car at that time, or only in the city where the guide stay 7) after leading the groups do not give free time so as not to create crowds at critical points and more than the allowed number of people together – this point should be discussed and see what are the general recommendations of the Civil Headquarters, the Institute of Public Health and Tourism sector. We cite this point as the need to define rules of conduct so that everything previously undertaken is not in vain. ZDTVH points out that they have not elaborated most of the points that would refer to tourist escorts and possible full-day excursions, but how they will make them in cooperation with the profession later. 1) the guides do not use the mouth mask in the open, unless the guides have to use them, then it would be advisable to get a microphone while wearing the mask to avoid excessive strain on the vocal cords due to lack of air under the masks while speaking Recommendation for guides working with individuals:1) provide a card payment system The recommendations were made by colleagues from the Pula Tourist Guides Association, led by a colleague, also a microbiologist, Dr. Lorena Lazarić Stefanović, who specializes in the prevention of nosocomial infections. Cover photo: ZDTVH
Iowa Pork Producers are urging lawmakers to continue taxpayer support of facilities and programs designed to respond to an outbreak of African swine fever here. The association’s Drew Mogler testified at a public hearing in the governor’s office this week.“Iowa Pork is very appreciative of the communication and collaboration that’s existing between pork producers and our partners in state government as we continue to be vigilant and prepare in the unfortunate event that something like this would reach our border,” he said. African Swine Fever has killed swine herds in Asia and eastern Europe. It has wiped out about one-quarter of all the pigs in the world — but it has NOT reached the United States. Mogler says construction of the new, 75 million dollar Veterinary Diagnostic Lab at Iowa State University is a priority for Pork Producers.“It cannot be overstated the critical role that the Vet Diagnostic Lab plays in the event of a foreign animal disease outbreak in the not only in the state of Iowa, but really the Midwest and the entire country,” Mogler said.In addition, the Pork Producers are calling for an increase in state funding to help the Iowa Department of Agriculture prepare for an outbreak of disease among the state’s livestock herds. According to Mogler, one-out-of-12 jobs in the state are connected to pork production and he says 25 percent of the grain grown in Iowa is consumed by Iowa pigs. State officials estimate the entire livestock industry will generate about 13-and-a-half billion dollars in the Iowa economy this year.