When will hotels reopen in the UK? – The Sun

BORIS Johnson has now outlined to the UK a route out of coronavirus lockdown and has prepared to ease some of the measures currently in place across the country.

What a lot of Brits want to know, with summer now fast approaching and foreign holidays off the cards for the foreseeable future – is will hotels in this country be open in time for people to take a well-deserved staycation.

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When will hotels re-open in the UK?

There’s been no confirmed date yet for the re-opening of hotels in the UK.

However, we can deduct from what Boris laid out on Sunday that hotels will be among the last things to re-open as well as most of the hospitality industry.

The Prime Minister said on Sunday that the second phase of the lockdown would see some primary school years returning as well as some non-essential shops being allowed to re-open by 1 June at the earliest.

The final phase of coming out of this nationwide lockdown will see some parts of the hospitality industry being allowed to re-open which is predicted to be around early July.

However, as the government has stressed over the weekend this is all conditional on there being no second wave of Covid-19.

Boris Johnson said in his speech:

‘At the earliest by July – and subject to all these conditions and further scientific advice; if and only if the numbers support it, we will hope to reopen at least some of the hospitality industry and other public places, provided they are safe and enforce social distancing.’

The re-opening of the hospitality industry relies solely on five conditions being met.

  1. Enough NHS capacity to deal with patients
  2. A falling daily death rate
  3. A rate of infection which is below 1
  4. Enough PPE for those working with patients in hospital and
  5. No risk that the second wave of infections could result in the NHS being overwhelmed.

Until all of these criteria have been met it's looking like the hospitality industries, including hotels and holiday getaways will remain closed.

When can we travel again in the UK?

According to the government's announcement over the long weekend, there's a new rule for people in England which states people “may drive to outdoor open spaces irrespective of distance, so long as they respect social distancing guidance while they are there because this does not involve contact with people outside your household.”

But “when traveling to outdoor spaces, it is important that people respect the rules in Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland and do not travel to different parts of the UK where it would be inconsistent with guidance or regulations issued by the relevant devolved administration.”

This does stop all ideas of long weekends away or staying somewhere overnight – but it does imply that you can take your children or members of your own household out on day trips to the beach, countrysides or national parks for example. As long as you all abide by the strict social distancing rule laid out by the government.

Before you start packing up your picnic baskets there does seem to be a slight roadblock.

The National Trust, for example, has closed all its car parks as well as its parks and gardens, so until these types of restrictions change – people will have to wait a little longer before they are able to enjoy the nation's new freedoms in full.

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