Summer staycation gets a boost: England tourism to reopen from 4 July

Jun 23, 2020

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Your summer staycation just got a boost.

Boris Johnson announced on Tuesday some good news for Britons looking for a domestic summer holiday in England.

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In the prime minister’s plans for a path to recovery in the aftermath of the coronavirus, Johnson announced that hotels and the domestic tourism sector will largely be allowed to reopen as of 4 July.

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In his announcement, Johnson said that hotels and bed and breakfasts in England would be allowed to reopen as of early July. Additionally, Johnson said that campsites would be allowed to reopen as of 4 July so long as their bathroom facilities are kept clean.

Along with hotels reopening, restaurants and pubs will also be allowed to reopen as of the same date. Museums, cinemas, art galleries, social clubs, libraries will be allowed to reopen, so long as patrons can keep one metre of social distancing. Bowling alleys, night clubs, spas, indoor pools, indoor gyms and water parks must remain closed.

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As for international travel, that still remains largely on hold. The FCO still advises U.K. nationals against all non-essential international travel. However, the organisation said that it’s constantly reviewing this advice.

In addition to releasing travel advice, as of 4 July, the U.K. will change its advice on people keeping their social distance from two metres apart to just one metre apart. Once the hospitality venues open as of 4 July, patrons will be expected to keep one metre apart.

The move to reopen the domestic tourism sector is a huge boost to the crippled industry, which has been largely closed since March.

Because of the U.K.’s mandatory 14-day quarantine for all arriving international passengers — a restriction largely opposed by the industry — the U.K. hospitality industry will rely heavily on domestic travellers.

In Wales, the country is expected to reopen to tourism as of 6 July. Scotland is anticipating a reopening as of 15 July and Northern Ireland is working with a reopening date of 20 July.

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