A sightseeing operator has restarted tours in key destinations around the world as lockdown restrictions are eased.

City Sightseeing trips have resumed in destinations such as Berlin and Sharjah together with Beirut, Moscow and St Petersburg.

Dublin, Belfast, Malta and New York are due to return to the portfolio of destinations in July.

The company has adopted the health and safety protocols as advised by each destination’s government.

Protocols include social distancing, use of gloves and face masks, and frequent disinfecting of handles and seats.

City Sightseeing, which handled 13.5 million customers in 2018, is advising customers to check health and safety measures in place at the destination they are visiting, to ensure they are well prepared and equipped.

Three unnamed new destinations are due to be added by the end of 2020, allowing the business to expand its presence in Asia and Europe.

President and chief executive Enrique Ybarra said: “Covid-19 stopped the world and we are all very affected by the terrible consequences it is having on people’s health.

“It is encouraging to see that some countries are managing to reduce infections, allowing them to return to business.

“We are happy to announce the return of a number of operations, to which some more will be added in the coming weeks.”