Where To Go on Holiday in England From 4 July

Brighton beach – the easing of lockdown means you can travel further afield within England
Brighton beach – the easing of lockdown means you can travel further afield within England | © Simon Dack News / Alamy Stock Photo
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.

The status of travel in England

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.

Campsites in England begin to reopen from 4 July | © Mark Waugh / Alamy Stock Photo

What about hotel stays and other accommodation in England?

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.

Bed and breakfast properties can welcome back visitors | © David Richards / Alamy Stock Photo

Meanwhile, hostels are set to reopen when safety arrangements around shared sleeping spaces have been put in place.