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Hotels have been closed to all but those using them for essential reasons such as work. Hotels are not open for domestic or foreign holiday travellers. Prime Minister Boris Johnson outlined his long-awaited roadmap for the easing of lockdown restrictions across the country for the coming months beginning with the reopening of schools and ending with staycations in February. Now the first steps have been taken in the lockdown easing plan.
The country is currently in the midst of its third national lockdown since March 23 last year.
However, from March 8, England took its first lockdown easing steps.
Primary and secondary schools and colleges returned on March 8 and care home visits resuming from March 8.
People have also been permitted to meet one other person outside for a drink or picnic, instead of just exercise, from that time.
When will hotels reopen?
Under the current travel rules, Britons are not permitted unless they have an essential reason.
The exceptions for travel include work, education and medical appointments.
You can only travel internationally, or within the UK, where you first have a legally permitted reason to leave home.
Accommodation such as hotels, hostels, guest houses and campsites, except for specific circumstances, such as where these act as someone’s main residence, where the person cannot return home, for providing accommodation or support to the homeless, or where it is essential to stay there for work purposes, are closed to all visitors.
According to the lockdown easing plan outlined by Mr Johnson, overnight stays outside your home will be banned until the final stage of the UK Government’s four-phase roadmap out of lockdown.
This means the earliest hotels will likely reopen for non-essential visits will be from May although no dates have yet been set in stone.
Four key tests will need to be undertaken before each stage of lockdown easing meaning the dates for each new step is dependent upon the results from these tests.
These tests will include:
- Proof the coronavirus vaccine roll-out is progressing as planned
- The vaccines are shown to bring down deaths and hospitalisations
- Cases are not rising so high risking hospitals becoming overloaded
- No new variants have changed the risk assessment.
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Non-essential day trips have been allowed since March 29.
In addition, people can meet outside, including in private gardens, in groups of up to six or two households.
Hotels with outdoor restaurants and bars may therefore be able to provide these offerings at that time, but will not be permitted to open for overnight stays until later this year.
Mr Johnson’s roadmap outlines serving indoors could recommence in May.
This means hotels with indoor restaurants and bars may be able to reopen to non-resident guests from that time.
In terms of international visitors, the Prime Minister’s roadmap does
There are no plans in place to relax restrictions on international travel.
For the moment, international travel for all, but the narrowest of essential reasons remains illegal.
Mr Johnson today announced hotels and other related travel businesses will reopen on the following dates:
- Campsite and self-catering holiday lets can re-open on April 12
- Hotels on May 17
Speaking from the House of Commons on February 22, Mr Johnson said: “Step three will begin no earlier than 17 May.
“Provided the data satisfies the four tests, most restrictions on meetings outdoors will be lifted, subject to a limit of thirty.
“And this is the point when you will be able to see your friends and family indoors – subject to the Rule of Six or the meeting of two households.
“We will also reopen pubs and restaurants indoors along with cinemas and children’s play areas, hotels, hostels, and B&Bs.
“Theatres and concert halls will open their doors, and the turnstiles of our sports stadia will once again rotate subject in all cases to capacity limits depending on the size of the venue.
“And we will pilot larger events using enhanced testing, with the ambition of further easing of restrictions in the next step.”
From May 17, the following businesses will be permitted to open:
- The third step will see the “rule of six” abolished for outdoor gatherings, replaced with a limit of 30 people.
- In addition, two households will be able mix indoors – with the rule of six applied in hospitality settings like pubs.
- Cinemas, hotels, performances and sporting events reopen – though social distancing remains.
- Up to 10,000 spectators can attend the very largest outdoor seated venues like football stadiums.
In June, is it possible social distancing could be eased with the final closed sectors of society being reopened, including nightclubs.
Furthermore, all restrictions on weddings and funerals will be eased from this time.
All the measures and easing plans are contingent on the aforementioned tests being met.
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