HOTELS are one of the many places that have had to close during lockdown to slow the spread of coronavirus.
As social distancing measures begin to ease, it is expected that some of the hospitality industry will be able to reopen from July 4.
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The Ritz Hotel in London closed for the first time since opening in 1906
When will hotels re-open in the UK?
Hotels in the UK will be able to reopen from July 4 at the earliest, as social distancing has been reduced by government officials.
The final phase of unlocking Britain will see hotels among the last to re-open as well as most of the hospitality industry.
The Prime Minister has long hoped “to reopen at least some of the hospitality industry and other public places provided they’re safe and enforce social distancing” in phase three of the lockdown exit plan, which would be July 4 at the earliest.
Big hotel names such as The Dorchester have already begun to prepare to open their doors again from July 4 depending on lockdown regulations.
However, as the government has stressed earlier this month, this is all conditional on there being no second wave of Covid-19.
Boris Johnson said in his nation-wide address last month:
“At the earliest by July – and subject to all these conditions and further scientific advice; if and only if the numbers support it, we will hope to reopen at least some of the hospitality industry and other public places, provided they are safe and enforce social distancing.”
The re-opening of the hospitality industry relies solely on five conditions being met.
- Enough NHS capacity to deal with patients
- A falling daily death rate
- A rate of infection which is below 1
- Enough PPE for those working with patients in hospital and
- No risk that the second wave of infections could result in the NHS being overwhelmed.
In the recovery strategy document revealed last month, “hospitality” is defined by the government as food service providers, pubs and accommodation.
The document states: “Some venues which are, by design, crowded and where it may prove difficult to enact distancing may still not be able to re-open safely at this point, or may be able to open safely in part.”
Businesses such as hotels and the like will have to be able to meet “Covid-19 secure guidelines” and if they cannot, may not be permitted to reopen.
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When can we travel again in the UK?
According to new recently relaxed guidelines, people “may drive to outdoor open spaces irrespective of distance, so long as they respect social distancing guidance”.
But “when traveling to outdoor spaces, it is important that people respect the rules in Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland and do not travel to different parts of the UK where it would be inconsistent with guidance or regulations issued by the relevant devolved administration.”
This does stop all ideas of long weekends away or staying somewhere overnight – but it does imply that you can take your children or members of your own household out on day trips to the beach, countrysides or national parks for example. As long as you all abide by the strict social distancing rule laid out by the government.
Before you start packing up your picnic baskets there does seem to be a slight roadblock.
The National Trust, for example, has closed all its car parks as well as its parks and gardens, so until these types of restrictions change – people will have to wait a little longer before they are able to enjoy the nation’s new freedoms in full.
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