Booking A UK Break During The Pandemic
The UK offers a multitude of breath-taking spots to enjoy for your next holiday. But what are the current rules about taking a staycation during the pandemic?
With the R rate now up to 1.5 across the UK, all signs point towards a second wave of Covid-19 sweeping the nation throughout autumn and winter. If you have a staycation booked, or would like to take a break in the next few months, you may be wondering what options are available for you and the rest of your travel party.
The Rule of Six
The rule of six has been in operation for a few weeks now and prevents groups of more than six people from sharing the same accommodation. If you stay in a hotel or larger type of accommodation with people from outside of your household, then you should avoid sharing rooms or socialising in public areas, such as the reception, lounge bars, or restaurants. Some types of accommodation are better suited to staycations than others. For example, if you’re heading to East England, then many people would feel cheated if they booked a hotel there and were unable to use the shared facilities. This is why Suffolk cottages and other self-catering accommodation in the region is highly sought-after as it allows households to keep to the rule of six whilst enjoying a relaxing holiday.
Sharing Of Vehicles
Within the rule of six though, extra considerations should be given with regards to travel. In particular, two or more households should not share a caravan together, nor should they travel to their destination within the same vehicle.
As we’ve seen up and down the country, some areas of the UK have higher infection rates than others and have experienced second lockdowns and tighter restrictions in advance of the second wave. When booking your holiday, it’s worth bearing in mind that you may be travelling to a location which may be more at risk than your home region. The government guidance explains that if local lockdowns are suddenly enforced during your holiday, then if “it is not reasonable for you to curtail your stay, you should finish your holiday as planned. Until the end of this holiday you should make every effort to reduce socialising indoors outside of your household and follow local regulations and guidance.”
Where it is not possible to continue your stay, due to restrictions on your accommodation provider, then they are urged to offer you alternative dates for your stay or provide a full refund so that tourists are not left out of pocket. Your booking contract with your accommodation provider may determine which of these options you’re offered, so always check the small print carefully before booking your staycation.
Living In Existing Lockdown Area
If you live in a region which is currently experiencing a lockdown then do you have to stay put? Current communication from the government explains that you are still allowed to enjoy a holiday outside of the area. However, once you arrive in your holiday destination area, then you may only socialise indoors with members of your own household or support bubble.
The rules of the pandemic are ever-changing and it pays to be prepared. Always check out the terms and conditions of your staycation before booking, and you may wish to take out an insurance policy which offers Covid enhanced cover too.