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Holidaymakers Plan Their Summer Staycations

Matt Crisp June 30, 2020

Brits will be pleased to hear they can start planning their summer break, after it has been announced that staycations can resume from next month.

Earlier this week, the government made the announcement the public has been waiting for since lockdown was imposed at the end of March – hotels and B&Bs will allowed to re-open ahead of the summer holidays.

On July 4th, the tourism sector will resume activity, enabling people to book overnight accommodation once again. This will be a huge relief to families who were worried they would have to spend the entire summer at home, much like they have been doing over the last three months.

Oliver Dowden, culture secretary, certainly understands the importance of re-opening the industry, saying: “Britain needs a break, and from July 4th people can now take a well-deserved staycation.”

In order to remain safe, safety measures will be put in place and VisitEngland will introduce a new industry standard to reassure visitors that attractions and accommodation providers are adhering to the social distancing guidelines.

These include implementing deep cleaning regimes between guests; asking visitors to pre-book meal services and timing them so restaurants do not overfill and queues do not form; establishing one-way routes and queue management systems; putting down clear floor markings so visitors do not get within one metre of each other; and avoiding cash payments.

Mr Dowden added: “We’ll need the public to keep safe on holiday by following the advice we’re providing, but there is no doubt this is the news many have been waiting for.  I am looking forward to a British holiday myself.”

Now that holidaymakers are allowed to book B&Bs, guest houses, and hotels for their staycation, they will, no doubt, be itching to get something arranged as soon as possible.

The question is, where should they go?

Firstly, this guidance only applies to those in England. Therefore, holidaymakers wanting a trip to Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland will need to check each nation’s rules separately to see what they are and whether they can visit.

As each administration has different guidelines and these can change all the time, it may be wise to stick to staycations in England for the time-being.

However, there are so many beautiful places to visit here, holidaymakers won’t be disappointed. Seaside towns are set to be popular as Brits try to recreate their summer vacation at home, so areas like Cornwall and Devon could see an influx of tourists over the next few months.

Brits who want to stay away from huge crowds still might want to choose somewhere that may be less populated. This could be a good time to visit Bath, York and Stratford-Upon-Avon, for instance, as they will not have their usual number of foreign visitors.

Even the capital will be short on tourists, which is why booking a luxury minibus hire to London could be a good option after hotels are allowed to open.

According to Go Glamping’s Garri Rayner, the location will not matter as much to Brits as normal, as “people will be gagging to get out and the easiest place to do that is in the UK”.

Speaking with the Telegraph, he added: “Once there is a semblance of normality, the last place people are going to want to be is home.”