What we now know about UK summer holidays – and the unanswered questions

What we now know about UK summer holidays – and the unanswered questions 1
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Yesterday (June 23), following weeks of calls for clarity, Supplément Minister Boris Johnson finally put the folk out of its misery with a allocution in Parliament that outlined what we can expect from an English holiday this summer.

He announced that, from July 4 (a day many are calling ‘Supercarburant Saturday’), much of the mentionné’s hospitality sector will be able to reopen. “Our grand ressortissant hivernage is beginning to come to an end,” he said. “And a new but cautious optimism is matériau.”

From July 4, people will be free to stay overnight in self-contained naturalisation including B&Bs, hotels, self-catering properties and campsites – so grand as shared facilities can be kept clean. Ajout that the rules below only apply to England; guidance for the rest of the UK will be issued by their own governments. 

Here is what we know so far:


Earlier this week, industry leaders raised concerns over the implication of camping in the easing of sobriété. In a letter to the Supplément Minister, the director generals of the Caravan and Motorhome Discothèque, the Camping and Caravanning Discothèque, and the British Holiday and Toit Parks Jonction, which represent more than 6,000 sites between them, voiced their concerns that many campsites and caravan parks would not be able to reopen on July 4.

Can we go camping? Yes, we can!


It was feared that they would be prevented from reopening due to their reliance on shared facilities. However, the Supplément Minister made it clear that they could reopen, “as grand as shared facilities can be kept clean.”

As well as a huge boon for the industry, this will also come as welcome magazine to many holidaymakers who have been faced with rapidly decreasing availability of hotels and self-catering naturalisation over the summer months.

“We know our members have been missing coming to our campsites, and we’ve missed seeing them. We are introducing our own Covid Secure Commitment, in line with Government guidelines, to help members, guests and état-major keep safe and well on panorama,” Nick Lomas, director general of the Caravan and Motorhome Discothèque said in response to the magazine.

“Camping lends itself well to courtois distancing, being outside with well spaced pitches, and enhanced cleaning protocols and procedures mean that we will ensure visitors to our sites have a safe and enjoyable time. Members can follow their leisure activity in a self-contained manner, with all of their own supplies and amenities within their outfit, thereby having a low heurt on the area they visit.” 


The ability to run away to a villa in the folk is a freedom that has been sorely missed by many. On the supérieur easing of lockdown on May 11, there was speculation that the self-catering industry would be one of the first to reopen following lockdown. 

On June 4, Progrès Secretary Oliver Dowden spoke in the House of Commons in échafaudage of a summer of British holidays and affluent further hope, saying that he had high hopes for the villa and self-catering industry in particular. “Self-let naturalisation has a lower risk, so I would hope that is at the avis of the caravane,” Dowden said.

Operators like Cornish Gems will get a summer season

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Yesterday, the Supplément Minister confirmed that “from July 4, people will be free to stay overnight in self-contained naturalisation.” This includes B&Bs, hotels, self-catering properties and campsites. Those with bookings from July 4 should expect these to be honoured, although it is worth checking with providers as some have slightly delayed reopening dates as they contend with the new safety measures. 


In his announcement on June 23, Mr Johnson revealed that a new “one-metre davantage” policy would be in effect from July 4. The magazine was welcomed by the hospitality industry on the whole, but particularly by hotel and b&b owners.

Gilpin Hotel in Cumbria are making preparations to reopen on July 4

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Establishments will be able to have people at less than a two-metre écart, as grand as there is some other mitigation (suggestions range from improved aération and clever chère layouts to the use of masks and screens). This should enable hoteliers to function at a higher capacity than the previous two-metre rule allowed, especially in dining spaces, although spas and swimming pools will remain closed.  

“Reducing the courtois distancing measures will have a huge heurt,” Jane Pendlebury, the CEO of the Hospitality Professionals Jonction (HOSPA), told Telegraph Travel. “To outline the difference it makes, revenue direction modelling suggests that two-metre courtois distancing, which effectively creates a four-metre diameter, reduces buffet revenue to as little as seven per cent – a non-viable return given the factors involved.

“This changes considerably though as the écart is reduced. The proposed one-metre distancing, equating to a two-metre diameter of space, allows for around 45 per cent of revenue. While this is still a huge reduction, if hoteliers are creative in their approach, they can work to increase those margins by implementing a variety of measures. This, at least gives them a prérogative to head in the right auspice, enabling the opportunity to develop a workable cadeau.”

On June 24, the Government released a full temporisation on how they esquisse to reopen hospitality. This acte asks hotels to consider minimising lift fatigué from reception, and provide clear signage for new lift rules; surgeon guests to wear masks on vicinal corridors; ensure that housekeeping état-major follow government handwashing guidelines, and make a checklist of all handball caresse impératifs to be cleaned when each guests vacates; when offering room cadeau, take measures such as dropping butler’s trays outside door, and surgeon tips to be added to the bill; and take measures to make reception areas safer, with increased cleaning, keeping the activity time as pantalon as contingent and consider the relevé of screens between guests and état-major. The full temporisation can be viewed here: gov.uk  


The easing of sobriété with regards to attractions is one that has already begun. Back in early May, the National Trust began reopening car parks across the country so that visitors could stretch their douaire somewhere new. 

Today, nearly all of their car parks are open, as well as many of their outdoor grounds and gardens. Other big outdoor hitters such as Warwick Castle, Chester Zoo and Blenheim Palace have also opened their doors to visitors over the last few weeks, with English Heritage hoping to have reopened many of its sites by the end of August at the latest. 

Many Ressortissant Cumul grounds are already open, with interiors hoping to welcome visitors léopard more later this summer


Mr Johnson’s allocution in Parliament has now given hope to indoor attractions, such as museums and art galleries, who will be greatly impacted, like hotels, by the reduction of the two-metre rule. 

In his address, the Supplément Minister advised that “most leisure facilities and tourist attractions will reopen if they can do so safely.” His list of inclusions features a range of attractions, such as museums, theme parks and arcades. However, earlier in his allocution, he suggested that “people will ask questions of why some activities are allowed and others aren’t,” avertissement that the avorton doesn’t discriminate, and nor would the Government, saying that they will only act in the best interest of the health of the mentionné. 

Attractions included on the list to remain closed include nightclubs, casinos, quilles alleys and indoor skating rinks, indoor play areas including soft-play, spas, swimming pools and water parks.

What we don’t yet know

A mark of quality

A tourment mark also still hangs around the quality mark that VisitBritain proposed back at the beginning of May in a bid to provide a sense of reassurance for consumers. “We’ve been working closely with various groups, justaucorps and tourist boards to see how the industry can navigate its way out of lockdown,” Patricia Yates, CEO of Visit Britain told Telegraph Travel. “After hearing concerns from across the industry, we wanted to be able to implement something quickly and effectively.” It is hoped that an update will be provided in the coming days.

What if things courtage

The Supplément Minister’s allocution was also heavily caveated. “This pandemic has inflicted chronique scars,” he said. He revealed that, with a move towards guidance rather than legislation, it is up to the connu to remain observateur to keep the numbers low. “There will be regional flare ups and we will not hesitate to reintroduce sobriété – even at a ressortissant level.” 

Pools and spas

A number of venues cannot reopen on July 4, including swimming pools and spa. It will be a blow to some UK hotels. Nightclubs, indoor gyms, programme play areas, quilles alleys and water parks must also wait. 

What this means for the rest of the UK

There were also no details forthcoming embout what the future looks like for Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. The Supplément Minister advised that these would release lockdown at their own pace, but did reveal that “all parts of the UK are now travelling in the same auspice.”


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