How COVID-19 local lockdowns might affect your staycation

As parts of the UK find themselves in a sudden local lockdown, those who had planned a staycation are beginning to worry that their holidays may be at risk.

While Devon and Cornwall haven’t been faced with another lockdown as of yet, if one is upon us it could come sooner rather than later.

The Mayor of London is already in talks surrounding tighter restrictions for the capital.

And now, The Mirror reports that the government has issued a warning to Brits taking staycation holidays in areas affected by local lockdowns.

So what should you expect if you’re planning a trip soon? And what should you do if you get caught out by restrictions?

Which areas have tighter restrictions?

So far, local lockdowns have been imposed in the North East, North West, Merseyside and the West and East Midlands, as well as in parts of Wales and Scotland.

According to the government guidance as it stands today (September 21) if you are not already in a lockdown area, you can travel to that area for a holiday if you follow the rules laid out in this article.

The Government advice states: “You can travel into an area with local restrictions on holiday.

“If you live inside an area with local restrictions, you can go on holiday outside that area but you should only socialise indoors with members of your own household or support bubble.”

Guidelines for staying in private homes

Government guidance states that you can stay in a private home in areas with tighter restrictions.

Private homes include self-catered accommodation such as holiday cottages, apartments and boats.

But you can only stay here with members of your own household or support bubble.

Guidelines for staying in hotels

You can stay in a hotel, hostel, bed and breakfast, or similar such accommodation, with another household as long as you only share rooms with the people you live with.

You should also avoid socialising with anyone out of your household or support bubble in rooms, reception areas, or indoors in restaurants and bars.

What about caravans?

It seems that caravans also shouldn’t be shared with another household, or even private vehicles for that matter.

So don’t use the same car to travel to your holiday destination if you’re going with people outside of your household.

What to do if restrictions change while you’re on holiday?

The government guidance states: “At the time that local restrictions are brought in, if you are currently on holiday with another household in an area with local restrictions and are staying in a private home – which includes self-catered accommodation such as holiday cottages, apartments or boats – and 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.”

What should businesses like holiday providers offer?

The government says that, if local restrictions make it impossible to go about holidays safely, then those who own the accommodation should provide alternative dates or even a refund for holiday goers.

The government adds: “”If this cannot be arranged, we encourage businesses to provide a refund as they have for customers during the broader period of national restrictions, which may depend on the terms of the booking contract.”

Cornwall Live