Can I go on holiday if I'm in a tier 2 lockdown area?
Prime Minister Boris Johnson laid out the details of the new three-tier lockdown system in England today, aimed at curbing the current surge in coronavirus cases across the country.
While the PM confirmed the country would not return to a national lockdown, he laid out the measures which each tier would face – with ‘medium risk’ tier one keeping to current rules such as the ‘rule of six’ and a 10pm curfew, through to the most stringent restrictions in the ‘very high’ tier three, which Liverpool is currently facing.
Those in tier two, meanwhile, face all the measures of tier one as well as a ban on people from different households mixing indoors, whether in a private home or other space.
But are those living in those areas still allowed to go on holiday?
Can I go on holiday if I’m in a tier two lockdown area?
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No specific guidance has been given on holidays for those living in tier two lockdown regions, but people have not been told they are not allowed to leave their local area.
However, while technically that means a holiday is still allowed at this stage, it might not necessarily be advisable – with the Government stating that people living in these areas should try and limit the number of journeys they make, and plan those trips in advance to avoid busy periods on transport.
More specific guidance is likely to be given ahead of the restrictions coming into force on Wednesday, with reports suggesting that those living in a tier two area will be discouraged from travelling outside of that area unless it’s for an essential journey.
As far as going abroad goes, airports remain open in England – however you should be aware that only a small number of countries are on the list of those exempt from quarantine upon return to the UK.
This list can also change at any time, which could leave you with a scramble to get home if the country you happen to be in is removed from the list – and it could also affect any travel insurance you might have taken out to cover your trip.
Can you go on holiday to an area under a tier two lockdown?
Yes you can, if you are coming from an area under tier one restrictions – those under the ‘very high’ tier three restrictions have been advised against staying overnight in other parts of the UK, or travelling outside of that area except for essential reasons such as work, education or if you are caring for someone.
You can also travel through an area under ‘very high’ measures if you are in transit – that is travelling through on a plane or departing from or arriving at an airport.
Hotels and self-catered accommodation remains open in areas under tier two lockdown – but bear in mind if you are coming from an area in tier one that you will be subject to the the tier two restrictions, including a ban on different households meeting up indoors – meaning you cannot holiday with anyone outside of your household or support bubble.
The 10pm curfew will also mean that bars and restaurants, including those in hotels, must close by 10pm.
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