The new lockdown for England announced by the Prime Minister on 31st October comes into effect on 00.01 Thursday 5th November and is currently planned to last for 4 weeks until 2 December 2020. Although traditionally a quiet time for taking a break in the UK, the restrictions earlier in the year on travel had meant that bookings were being made for November and December.
Can I go on holiday during a lockdown?
The guidance given by Visit Britain/Visit England states that
- There is no exemption for staying away from home on holiday. This means people cannot travel internationally or within the UK unless for work, education or other legally permitted exemptions. Overnight stays away from primary residences will not be allowed, except for specific exceptions including for work.
- So, if you have a cottage holiday booked for next week unfortunately you won’t be able to go. And an escape to sunnier shores is also of the cards as you also won’t be able to travel overseas unless for work, education or other legally permitted reasons.
Can I go to Scotland on holiday then?
Unfortunately holidaying elsewhere in the UK won’t be allowed. Whilst Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland have different restrictions, the rules operating in England mean that you won’t be able to travel to these locations for a holiday during the lockdown period.
Can I book a cottage holiday for 2021?
It is good to have something to look forward to and bookings for 2021 self-catering accommodation in the UK can still be made, always with the knowledge that Covid-19 could change things.
As the situation is changing rapidly it’s a good idea to check UK Gov website for the most up to date information.
If I book will I get my money back if I can’t go due to Covid-19
After the last lockdown, many travel companies were criticised for failing to refund holiday bookings. This time they need to better, and it’s good to see that many booking agents and cottage holiday companies are offering to refund if Covid-19 restrictions prevent travel. It’s important to check the booking terms and conditions.
This summer saw high demand for holiday accommodation in the UK and 2021 could be the same, especially in the popular coastal regions such as Devon and Cornwall. So it might be wise to book early – as they say – to avoid disappointment!