Boris Johnson’s plan to ease lockdown opens up the possibility of holidays from April.
First, schools will reopen to all pupils in England from March 8. Up to two households will be allowed to mix outdoors in groups of six from March 29, the day the ‘stay at home’ rule officially ends, although holiday trips in the UK are banned until Step 2, which will start on April 12 at the earliest.
Breaks abroad will not be allowed until Step 3, which is due to begin on May 17 at the earliest. Step 4 is due to kick in on June 21.
If any steps in the roadmap are delayed, the dates will change for the following steps too, as there is are minimum time requirements of five weeks between stages.
The Prime Minister says the lockdown easing roadmap depends on four factors: the success of the vaccine rollout, evidence of vaccine efficacy, an assessment of new variants, and keeping infection rates below a level that could put unsustainable pressure on the NHS.
Remember, the dates given in the roadmap are subject to change. The Government will announce one week in advance if restrictions are going to be eased as planned.
When can I go on holiday in 2021?
Holidays will return in stages, under the roadmap plan.
No holidays will be allowed until Step 2 of the roadmap, which will start on April 12 at the earliest.
From Monday April 12, overnight stays in the UK will be allowed again, but only in your household group – that means you will not be able to share accommodation with someone you do not live with or who is not in your care bubble.
Only ‘self-contained’ holiday accommodation can open from April 12, like holiday cottages and campsites where indoor facilities are not shared with other households.
Hospitality venues like pubs and restaurants are allowed to serve customers sitting outside, once Step 2 kicks in.
The roadmap states: “Overnight stays away from home in this country will be permitted and self-contained accommodation – those that do not require shared use of bathing, entry/exit, catering or sleeping facilities – can also reopen, though must only be used by members of the same household.”
The remaining accommodation, like hotels, can reopen from Monday May 17, under Step 3 of the plan.
On the same day, pubs and restaurants are set to be allowed to serve customers inside and up to two households will be allowed to meet in groups of up to six people inside.
You will be allowed to travel and stay with people from other households from May 17, up to a limit of six people from two homes.
May 17 could also see non-essential international travel allowed again if the Government’s global travel taskforce approves.
The Government aims to remove all restrictions by June 21, 2021, but trips abroad will of course be subject to restrictions in the destination country.
When can I go on holiday in the UK?
If the Government sticks to the roadmap dates, then holidays with your household are permitted from April 12, as long as you stay in self-contained accommodation, such as a holiday let or campsite. Holidays in hotels and B&Bs will be allowed from Monday May 17.
When will holiday parks and campsites reopen?
Campsites and holiday parks with self-contained facilities – where guests do not have to share bathrooms, entrances, catering facilities and sleeping facilities with other households – can reopen from Monday April 12, under Step 2 of the roadmap.
When will hotels and B&Bs open?
All accommodation providers, including hotels and B&Bs, will be allowed to open under Step 3 of the roadmap, which is due to start on Monday May 17.
When can I go on holiday abroad?
The Government’s global travel taskforce will publish a report on April 12, with a view to allowing non-essential international travel – including holidays abroad – from Monday May 17.
I have a holiday home, when can I go on holiday there?
If you have a holiday home in the UK, you will be allowed to take trips to stay there from April 12, in your household group. From May 17, you will be able to stay there with up to six people from a maximum of two households including yours, if the roadmap sticks to schedule.
Can I go on holiday for Easter 2021?
The Easter weekend kicks off on Friday April 2, with schools in Newcastle set to finish for two weeks on Thursday April 1 for the Easter holiday period.
Holidays in the UK will not be allowed until at least April 12, and they will be limited to household groups.
But with the summer term starting on Monday April 19, the roadmap opens the possibility of families going on a holiday – in the UK – for the second week of the Easter break, from Monday April 12 onwards.
The ‘stay home’ order ends on March 29, so people will be allowed to meet up outdoors in groups of up to six over the Easter weekend and first week of the school holiday, but overnight stays and indoor meets will remain banned until at least April 12.