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With the recent warm weather and travel abroad still off the table, many Britons are wondering when it will be safe to make the most of the summer temperatures and go on holiday in the . Some have even taken matters into their own hands, and gone on day trips to famed eye test hotspot, Barnard Castle.
im电竞官网-However, culture secretary Oliver Dowden recently announced that holidays within the UK could return as early as the start of July but the current guidelines stress that overnight stays are not permitted during lockdown.
Are day trips allowed in the UK?
Since the relaxing of lockdown restrictions on 11 May, the government has allowed people to spend time outdoors sitting, enjoying the fresh air, picnicking or sunbathing.
The guidance says there are no restrictions on how far people can travel during lockdown for outdoor activities. It states: ". You shouldn’t travel with someone from outside your household unless you can practise social distancing – for example by cycling."
im电竞官网-This means that trips to beaches, parks and other open spaces are allowed, although there have been reports of crowded beaches and parks since the easing of restrictions, which could make social distancing a challenge.
im电竞官网-"Day trips to outdoor open space, in a private vehicle, are permitted," the government guidance states.
im电竞官网-However, these measures apply in England and people in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland should follow the specific rules in those parts of the UK.
In Wales, the message remains for people to 'stay at home,' which means "". These include visiting a garden centre, exercising locally and obtaining supplies or services for your household.
im电竞官网-From 29 May in Scotland, two separate households can meet outdoors in groups of no larger than eight people providing social distancing is practiced, but you "" and stay within your local area ( 5 miles as a guide).
allows groups of up to six people to meet outdoors for non-contact activity. It hasn't specified 'day trips' in its guidance, unlike the rules for England, but has urged people "to be sensible and limit the number of journeys you are taking."
Can I travel for a holiday in the UK?
While day trips are currently allowed in England, staying anywhere other than your primary residence is not permitted (unless you're a senior government adviser and want to take a break from your kids at your parents' estate in Durham).
The guidance says: ". This includes visiting second homes."
im电竞官网-If you're wondering whether this applies to hotels, Airbnbs, self-catering cottages and B&Bs, restrictions are in place which prevent overnight stays at all holiday accommodations.
im电竞官网-"Premises such as hotels and bed and breakfasts will remain closed, except where providing accommodation for specific reasons set out in law, such as for critical workers where required for a reason relating to their work," the government says.
What about camping?
Campsites are also closed, which means camping is not allowed, but they could be one of the first overnight accommodations to open due to their set-up allowing for social distancing.
On 19 May, Work and Pensions Secretary Therese Coffey also told Sky News: "Having come from Suffolk down to London, I know there are a lot of campsites that are very keen for people to come.
im电竞官网-"Some of this is being carefully considered, recognising that we have reduced outdoor transmission risk, that things like camping may well become suitable."
When will holidays in the UK resume?
im电竞官网-It has not been announced when accommodation providers will be allowed to open up to visitors but step three of the states that the ambition is to "open at least some of the remaining businesses and premises that have been required to close".
This includes "hospitality (such as food service providers, pubs and accommodation)" and, according to the plan, will be no earlier than 4 July.
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