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Your options for holidays and weekends away in the UK this summer

New age: the old Trafford Park Hotel, west of Manchester: Simon Calder
New age: the old Trafford Park Hotel, west of Manchester: Simon Calder

As expected, the prime minister has said that hotels, B&Bs, caravan parks and campsites in England will be able to open from 4 July 2020. The “social-distancing” guidance has halved from two metres to one in England.

But Boris Johnson left out much of detail. In addition, other UK nations have very different policies.

The key questions are answered here.

What are the rules at present?

At present the UK government says: “No person should stay overnight away from their own home for a holiday.”

A few very specific exemptions are granted:

  • People unable to return to their main residence

  • “Those isolating themselves from others as required by law” (for example quarantinees, ie new arrivals from overseas who are required to self-isolate for 14 days)

  • “Any critical worker that is part of the effort to deal with coronavirus,

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your options for domestic holidays this summer

New age: the old Trafford Park Hotel, west of Manchester: Simon Calder
New age: the old Trafford Park Hotel, west of Manchester: Simon Calder

As expected, the prime minister has said that hotels, B&Bs, caravan parks and campsites in England will be able to open from 4 July 2020. The “social-distancing” guidance has halved from two metres to one in England.

But Boris Johnson left out much of detail. In addition, other UK nations have very different policies.

The key questions are answered here.

What are the rules at present?

At present the UK government says: “No person should stay overnight away from their own home for a holiday.”

A few very specific exemptions are granted:

  • People unable to return to their main residence

  • “Those isolating themselves from others as required by law” (for example quarantinees, ie new arrivals from overseas who are required to self-isolate for 14 days)

  • “Any critical worker that is part of the effort to deal with coronavirus,

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Foreign holidays ‘to restart on July 4’

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beach – Getty

British holidaymakers could enjoy overseas breaks from July 4 under plans being drawn up by the government.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson is expected to announce on June 29 that agreements have been made for so-called air bridges with a “small number” of countries with low levels of coronavirus.

This would allow families to take foreign holidays without having to self-isolate on their return to the UK. 

People could only travel with members of their household or ‘support bubble’, however, unless rules on social distancing are eased before July. 

They would also have to abide by the rules on social distancing in their destination, meaning that countries with similar restrictions to the UK are likely to be first in the queue.

Ministers want to set up air bridges to countries that are “most advantageous” to the UK economy, which are likely to include popular destinations such as France,

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Boom in all-inclusive holidays as skiers look for security and luxury in post-pandemic world

club med private chalet - club med
club med private chalet – club med

Club Med looks to a future of on-site doctors and private chalets as it ditches buffets

The coronavirus has thrown the entire world’s travel plans into turmoil. Yet while some operators struggle to stay afloat others are beginning to see a light at the end of the tunnel.

Luxury all-inclusive ski holidays is one boom area as skiers look towards the hope of returning to the slopes next winter.

The boss of all-inclusive specialist Club Med has revealed its sales are up, compared to the same period last year, providing a lifeline to the company that, like many, lost a huge proportion of business when the pandemic suspended all global travel, including the cancellation of thousands of ski holidays.

“The pandemic forced us to close all of our ski resorts in Europe and Asia from late March, which essentially meant we missed a

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What will holidays / travel look like after coronavirus lockdown?

Travel, the luxury most of us took for granted up until March, has never felt more needed, with many of us desperate to swap the four walls that kept us safe in isolation for the white-washed stone of a Spanish villa. But from self-cleaning hotel rooms to temperature checks at airports, what will holidays actually look like post-coronavirus lockdown?

The reality is that travel as we know it has changed for the foreseeable future. Gone are on a whim weekend breaks to European cities and nights in far-flung, cheap as chips hostels. As we all come to terms with lengthy quarantines, health checks and levels of accommodation hygiene that would put Queen of Clean Marie Kondo to shame, things are likely to look pretty different when it comes to your annual leave.

The good news is that the desire to travel hasn’t left us. Numerous surveys indicate most Brits can’t

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