Will hotels close in Tier 3?

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Boris Johnson is due to outline a number of amendments to the tiered coronavirus system in place before the national lockdown in England, which is still underway. Even if there are several new vaccines nearly ready to be rolled out, restrictions will need to remain in place throughout the vaccination roll-out, so the Government has opted to adapt the tier system for use on the run-up to Christmas.

The current England lockdown has been in place since November 5 and will expire on December 2.

While many non-essential shops and leisure facilities in England have been ordered to close since then, hotels have been permitted to stay open – but only for essential stays.

Overnight stays away from home have been banned for this lockdown and as a result, many hotels have closed their doors for November.

The Government advice reads: “Hotels, hostels and other accommodation should only open for those who have to travel for work purposes and for a limited number of other exemptions which will be set out in law.”

Several changes have already been signalled for Tier 3, including the closure of pubs and cinemas being forced to close – both of which were open under the previous Tier 3 rules.

Other rules included a ban on wedding receptions and limited numbers being allowed at funerals and weddings.

Socialising will also be heavily restricted, with no mixing of households unless in a public outdoor space.

It is also expected the Prime Minister will outline a network of rules for the Christmas period that will allow families to travel and spend time together.

Will hotels close in Tier 3?

Travel is heavily discouraged into Tier 3 areas, and should only be undertaken for essential reasons like school or work.

The guidance for previous Tier 3 restrictions read: “You should avoid travelling to any part of the country subject to very high local COVID alert levels.”

The rules also advise to “avoid staying overnight in a very high alert level area if you are resident elsewhere.”

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The restrictions add: “You must not stay with anyone you do not live with from a very high alert level area or visit their home.”

This makes it likely that hotels will be allowed to stay open – but whether they choose to do so is a different matter, as with little business it may be more financially viable for them to close.

If you do stay in a hotel in Tier 3, you must be alone or with someone from your household, as mixing with other households is not permitted.

Can I get a hotel for work?

Yes – if you need to stay overnight in a Tier 3 area due to work, you are allowed to stay in a hotel.

However, they will look a little different to normal – with bars and restaurants closed and considerably more stringent cleaning regimes in place.

It’s also likely any spas, gyms and swimming pools will also have to close too as per the Government guidelines.

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