As part of the phased easing of lockdown in the UK, Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced the reopening of hotels, pubs, holiday homes and campsites in England from 4 July. While Leicester has gone back into lockdown following a spike in reported Covid-19 cases, Culture Trip rounds up the facts and looks at what this means for domestic travel.
The rules surrounding freedom of movement in England are changing constantly, yet 4 July is the date on which much of the hospitality and tourism industries reopen across England.
Following a spike in new Covid-19 cases, the city of Leicester has been placed under a new strict lockdown, which means all non-essential journeys are restricted.
Meanwhile, some European countries, including Portugal and Spain, are now welcoming travellers from the UK in an effort to kick-start tourism. At the discretion of each of these countries, quarantine measures can be enforced on departure or arrival.
For Brits in cities such as London, Manchester and Birmingham – who face a strict 14-day quarantinewhen returning from international flights until 10 July and hefty fines for breaches – domestic travel offers a hassle-free alternative.
From 4 July, the holiday industry in England slowly reopens, with campsites and caravan parks up and down the country welcoming lovers of the great outdoors; however this easing of lockdown does not apply in Northern Ireland, Scotland or Wales. In Scotland, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has said that a five-mile advisory limit is set to lift on 3 July and announced plans to get the tourism industry up and running by mid-July.
The government has announced that accommodation across the board, excluding hostels, can reopen from 4 July. This includes all hotels, bed and breakfasts, holiday homes, campsites and caravan parks. Guidance will be in place to ensure campsites are Covid-19 secure in communal areas.
Meanwhile, hostels are set to reopen when safety arrangements around shared sleeping spaces have been put in place.