As lockdown rules begin to ease across the UK, the nation can once again look forward to the good times ahead. Although an exotic, tropical holiday may be off the cards for the next few months, staycations are back, and self-contained holiday cottages are increasing in popularity.
Holiday accommodation in the southwest of England is booking up quickly for the summer months already. Despite the long-awaited relaxation of the national lockdown, it is important to be mindful that some COVID-safety measures are currently, and still will be, applicable for your trip, should you make a booking between now and June 21st when there will (hopefully!) be a full return to normality.
England’s Roadmap Out of Lockdown
On 22nd February, Boris Johnson unveiled a roadmap out of lockdown for England. Below outlines how it will be affecting the UK travel industry.
No earlier than 12th April – self-catering accommodation can re-open. You will only be able to stay with members of your household or support bubble.
No earlier than 17th May – Holidays with up to 6 people from different households or two households/support bubbles will be allowed. Other types of holiday accommodations also reopen on this date.
No earlier than 21st June – If all goes to plan, social restrictions will come to an end, meaning that all domestic travel can make a return.
What You Can Do on Your April Cottage Staycation
If you have been lucky enough to book a holiday cottage in England this year, things may be looking a little different from how they did before. However, all is not lost, and there are still plenty of ideas on how you can make the most of your staycation.
Visit the Local Attractions
Outdoor attractions such as zoos and theme parks are open as of now, but you’ll have to wait until May 17th to take a trip to the cinema or local museum.
Head Out to Your Local Pub
From April 12th, many pubs and restaurants will reopen with outdoor seating. Again, however, you must still follow either the rule of six or be in a group of any size with no more than two households. From the 17th of May, indoor dining will make a return, with groups of up to 30 being allowed to dine al fresco.
Take a Dive!
As of April 12th, indoor pools, sporting facilities, and gyms can reopen.
Enjoy the Outdoors!
One thing lockdowns have not been able to shut is the great outdoors! Soak up nature around your scenic holiday cottage by enjoying a long hike or relaxing outside.
Take a Break Inside
A holiday cottage is a home away from home after all. Enjoy spending time with your loved ones and make the most of the relaxing atmosphere.
It is worth noting, however, that dates in regard to self-contained holidays may differ slightly for Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland. Make sure you keep checking the official government website for any changes to the roadmap to see how this will affect your trip.