The UK government has announced a roadmap intended to provide clarity as to how the country will move forward following the current lockdown period and further beyond as 2021 unfolds.
A series of dates have been revealed by Prime Minister Boris Johnson regarding the resumption of a wide range of sectors, including education, leisure, entertainment, retail and hospitality, which is all set to kick in within the next couple of weeks.
But what does this mean for travel, both overseas and within the UK? We’ve rounded up the points and dates you need to be aware of from the latest announcement when it comes to holidaying.
The Prime Minister unveiled a number of stages in his post-lockdown roadmap, with each individual sector falling into a specific stage regarding the easing of restrictions. UK travel is under stage 2, which is currently set to come into force from 12th April.
From this point, self-contained holiday accommodation, such as self-catering lets and camp sites will be permitted to reopen, meaning Brits will be permitted to enjoy a much-needed 2021 staycation.
The lifting of restrictions on staycations is however dependent on a number of conditions being met. This includes the vaccination programme going to plan, evidence suggesting the vaccine rollout is reducing deaths and hospitalisations, infection rates not risking a hospitalisation surge and that new variants do not change the risk of lifting restrictions.
It is hoped that this cautious approach towards the easing of restrictions will mean the date of 12th April is indeed the time when UK breaks will be possible.
At present there isn't a definitive date for the resumption of overseas travel. The Prime Minister did announce that lockdown in England would be lifted by 21st June, assuming the aforementioned conditions are met at each individual stage, and it is hoped that overseas holidays would be possible once more after that point.
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