Holidays have been off the cards during England’s lockdown, with a ban on international travel for leisure, and a ban on domestic travel.
But the lockdown roadmap announced by Boris Johnson has offered a silver lining for England residents, who finally have an idea of when the government is looking to allow trips both in the UK and abroad again.
It’s worth noting that the lockdown roadmap applies to England only, and t23548854hat it will be guided by data rather than dates, meaning that these could be subject to change (they will be dependent on a series of tests ).
Still, it’s just the glimmer of hope we holidaymakers needed! To give you a helping hand, we’ve put together a list of the key dates that were set out for various holiday types from camping to trips abroad.
Check out the list below…
(We’ve also got a guide on everything you need to know if you’re planning to book a holiday now).
Self-catering holidays in England
From April 12 at the earliest, ‘self-contained accommodation’ such as holiday parks where indoor facilities are not shared with other households will be able to reopen.
People can also opt for a holiday in a self-catering cottage, provided they are only with their household.23429802
Most outdoor attractions will also be able to reopen at this time such as zoos and theme parks.
Hotels, hostels and B&Bs in England
The remaining accommodation that wasn’t opened in April – such as hotels, hostels and B&Bs – will be able to open from May 17 at the earliest.
Indoors mixing will be allowed but subject to the rule of six or a group from two households, whichever is larger.
This means that people will be able to go on domestic breaks in England with up to five friends, or as two households.
Camping holidays in England
From April 12, campsites will be able to reopen as part of ‘self contained accommodation’, provided there are no shared indoor facilities between households. You’ll be able to enjoy a camping holiday with your household only.
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Holidays in Scotland and Wales
At the moment these rules apply to England only. There’s been no announcement regarding the rules around travelling to Wales or Scotland, although the government is working with the Scottish and Welsh authorities.
It’s not yet been confirmed whether residents in Scotland and Wales will be able to go on foreign holidays.
Currently it’s illegal for Brits to travel abroad for leisure due to lockdowns across the UK.
However in England it’s hoped that foreign holidays could resume from May 17, although this will be subject to review.
The government is launching a Global Travel Taskforce from April 12 which will look “to facilitate return to international travel while still managing risk from imported cases & Variants of Concern”.
It’s not yet clear whether this will include the travel corridors system that was in place in 2020.
Are you planning a holiday following the roadmap announcement? Let us know in the comments below.