UK open for domestic tourism from July 4

by Laura Gelder

From 4 July hotels, bed and breakfasts, holiday homes, campsites and caravan parks in the UK will be allowed to open, Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced today (June 23).

The restrictions are being lifted with the caveat that protocols are in place and the two-metre distance has been relaxed to allow only one metre, although two metres are still recommended if possible. Two households will also be able to stay together from July 4.

In addition, domestic tourists will be able to visit pubs and restaurants - as long as table service is provided - as well as playgrounds, museums, galleries, places of worship, theme parks, cinemas, outdoor gyms, funfairs and arcades.

Businesses including nightclubs, spas, indoor soft play areas, bowling alleys, water parks, indoor gyms and swimming pools will remain closed.

The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) said it welcomed the news but that greater clarity was needed on international travel. Gloria Guevara, WTTC President & CEO, said: “While this may help domestic travel and tourism to recover, it does nothing to bring greater clarity for when travellers and holidaymakers can start venturing abroad or when international travellers can arrive into the UK on air bridges or travel corridors without having to be quarantined for 14 days.

“WTTC believes the recovery of the wider Travel & Tourism sector desperately needs a clear timeline for when overseas travel can resume. It is essential that airlines, tour operators and ferry companies, among others, can prepare their businesses to welcome back holidaymakers who also need to be able to plan and book their getaways.”

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