Can hotels open in tier 2? Rules on travel and holidays for areas in high alert Covid restrictions

Can hotels open in tier 2? Rules on travel and holidays for areas in high alert Covid restrictions
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As England comes out of a second national lockdown on 2 December, leaving home for a long weekend away may sound more appealing than ever.

The return to a stricter three tier system means rules on travelling and what you can or can’t do will depend on where you live.

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Here’s what this means for staycations and whether you can stay at hotels, B&Bs or other types of accommodation overnight.

Can hotels and B&Bs open in Tier 2?

Hotels, B&Bs, campsites, and guest houses are able to open in tier two.

However, multiple households are not allowed to gather indoors under the latest restrictions, meaning those living in tier two will only be able to go on holiday with the people they live with or with their support bubble.

Restaurants and bars in hotels must also close by the 11pm curfew, but guests will be able to order room service.

There are different rules in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Can I stay in a hotel over Christmas ?

The Government has relaxed the rules for a five day period between 23-27 December, when up to three households can mix.

People within these bubbles can gather indoors during Christmas and guests can stay overnight.

EDITORIAL USE ONLY The Mount Street lights and a Christmas tree at The Connaught Hotel go on display in Mayfair, London. PA Photo. Issue date: Sunday November 22, 2020. Photo credit should read: Doug Peters/PA Wire
Christmas tree at The Connaught Hotel go on display in Mayfair, London (Photo: Doug Peters/PA)

However, Christmas bubbles cannot meet up at indoor settings such as pubs, hotels, retail businesses, theatres or restaurants. You will be allowed to meet your bubble:

  • In each other’s homes and gardens
  • In places of worship
  • In outdoor public spaces

Outside these settings, rules on who you can and cannot meet depend on your tier. 

For example, people living in tier two will only be able to stay in a hotel over the festive period with people they live with or with their support bubble, as opposed to their entire Christmas bubble.

Can people living in Tier 2 stay in hotels in other tiers?

Different rules apply to different regions in terms of travelling across the country and overnight stays.

In general, the rules of the highest tier should always be followed. For example, if people living in tier one travel to tier two, they should follow the rules of the higher tier while they are there.

Meanwhile, those living in tier two areas must continue to follow these rules, even when they travel to a tier one area.

This means that those living in tier two will only be able to stay in a hotel with the people they live with or with those in their support bubble.

People living in tiers one and two must avoid travelling to or having overnight stays in tier three areas other than for essential reasons, which include for work, education purposes or youth services, to receive medical treatment or because of caring responsibilities.

Hotels and B&Bs will be closed in tier three areas. The Government’s guidelines state: “Accommodation such as hotels, B&Bs, campsites, and guest houses must close.

“There are several exemptions, such as for those who use these venues as their main residence, and those requiring the venues where it is reasonably necessary for work or education and training.”

Which areas are in each tier?

The map below shows which areas of England are being placed into each tier when lockdown ends:https://datawrapper.dwcdn.net/HpBt6/1/#amp=1

Here is how the tiers will be split:https://d888784f2cc4002a326f873e6165703d.safeframe.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-37/html/container.html

Tier 1: Medium alert

South East

  • Isle of Wight

South West

  • Cornwall
  • Isles of Scilly

Tier 2: High alert

North West

  • Cumbria
  • Liverpool City Region
  • Warrington and Cheshire

Yorkshire

  • York
  • North Yorkshire

West Midlands

  • Worcestershire
  • Herefordshire
  • Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin

East Midlands

  • Rutland
  • Northamptonshire

East of England

  • Suffolk
  • Hertfordshire
  • Cambridgeshire, including Peterborough
  • Norfolk
  • Essex, Thurrock and Southend on Sea
  • Bedfordshire and Milton Keynes

London

  • All 32 boroughs plus the City of London

South East

  • East Sussex
  • West Sussex
  • Brighton and Hove
  • Surrey
  • Reading
  • Wokingham
  • Bracknell Forest
  • Windsor and Maidenhead
  • West Berkshire
  • Hampshire (except the Isle of Wight), Portsmouth and Southampton
  • Buckinghamshire
  • Oxfordshire

South West

  • South Somerset, Somerset West and Taunton, Mendip and Sedgemoor
  • Bath and North East Somerset
  • Dorset
  • Bournemouth
  • Christchurch
  • Poole
  • Gloucestershire
  • Wiltshire and Swindon
  • Devon

Tier 3: Very High alert

North East

  • Tees Valley Combined Authority:
    • Hartlepool
    • Middlesbrough
    • Stockton-on-Tees
    • Redcar and Cleveland
    • Darlington
  • North East Combined Authority:
    • Sunderland
    • South Tyneside
    • Gateshead
    • Newcastle upon Tyne
    • North Tyneside
    • County Durham
    • Northumberland

North West

  • Greater Manchester
  • Lancashire
  • Blackpool
  • Blackburn with Darwen

Yorkshire and The Humber

  • The Humber
  • West Yorkshire
  • South Yorkshire

West Midlands

  • Birmingham and Black Country
  • Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent
  • Warwickshire, Coventry and Solihull

East Midlands

  • Derby and Derbyshire
  • Nottingham and Nottinghamshire
  • Leicester and Leicestershire
  • Lincolnshire

South East

  • Slough (remainder of Berkshire is tier 2: High alert)
  • Kent and Medway

South West

  • Bristol
  • South Gloucestershire
  • North Somerset

Government’s official guidance confirmed that the postcode checker would work in the same way as it did during the restrictions of October. You can access the postcode checker here.

What are the rules in your area?

Tier one: Medium alert

  • Meeting friends and family: Maximum of six indoors or outdoors, other than single households or support bubbles
  • Bars, pubs, restaurants: Table service only. Last orders at 10pm, close 11pm
  • Open: Retail, entertainment, accommodation, personal care, eg hairdressers, beauty salons and nail bars, indoor leisure, eg gyms and swimming
  • Travelling: Walk or cycle if possible. Avoid travel into tier three areas (except where necessary, eg for work, education, medical attention)
  • Overnight stays: Permitted, with household, support bubble or up to six people
  • Work and business: Everyone who can work from home should do so
  • Education: Open in all tiers. Childcare permitted
  • Places of worship: Open, but cannot interact with more than six people
  • Weddings and funerals: 15 guests for weddings, civil partnerships, wedding receptions and wakes; 30 for funerals
  • Exercise: Classes and organised adult sport can take place outdoors, but must follow Rule of Six indoors. Activities for elite athletes, under-18s and disabled people can continue
  • Large events, eg elite sport, live performances and conferences: Open to the public, but limited to 50 per cent capacity or 4,000 outdoors/1,000 indoors (whichever is lower)

Tier Two: High alert

  • Meeting friends and family: No mixing of households indoors, apart from support bubbles. Maximum of six outdoors
  • Bars, pubs, restaurants: Pubs and bars must close unless operating as restaurants. Hospitality venues can only serve alcohol with substantial meals. Last orders 10pm, close 11pm
  • Open: Retail, entertainment, accommodation, Personal care, eg hairdressers, beauty salons and nail bars, indoor leisure, eg gyms and swimming
  • Travelling: Reduce journeys where possible. Avoid travel into tier three areas (except where necessary)
  • Overnight stays: Permitted, with household or support bubble only
  • Work and business: Everyone who can work from home should do so
  • Education: Open all tiers. Childcare permitted
  • Places of worship: Open, but cannot interact with anyone outside household or support bubble
  • Weddings and funerals: 15 guests for weddings, civil partnerships, wedding receptions and wakes; 30 for funerals
  • Exercise: Classes and organised adult sport can take place outdoors, but not indoors between people from different households. Organised activities for elite athletes, under-18s and disabled people can continue
  • Large events: Open to the public, but limited to 50 per cent capacity or 2,000 outdoors/1,000 indoors (whichever is lower)

Tier three: Very high alert

  • Meeting friends and family: No mixing of households indoors or most outdoor places except parks, sports courts, public gardens where Rule of Six is in place. Support bubbles exempt
  • Bars, pubs, restaurants: Closed except sales by takeaway, drive-through or delivery
  • Open: Retail, personal care, eg hairdressers, beauty salons and nail bars, indoor leisure, eg gyms and swimming
  • Closed: Indoor venues such as cinemas, indoor bowling, casinos
  • Travelling: Avoid travelling out of the area, other than where necessary eg for work, education, medical attention
  • Overnight stays: No overnight stays outside of local area, unless necessary for work, education or similar
  • Accommodation: Closed (with limited exceptions such as work purposes)
  • Work and business: Everyone who can work from home should do so.
  • Education: Open in all tiers. Childcare permitted
  • Places of worship: Open, but cannot interact with anyone outside household or support bubble
  • Weddings and funerals: 15 guests for weddings, civil partnerships and wakes; 30 for funerals. Wedding receptions not permitted
  • Exercise: Classes and organised adult sport can take place outdoors, but people should avoid higher-risk contact activity. Group exercise activities and sport indoors should not take place, unless with household or bubble. Organised activities for elite athletes, under-18s and disabled people can continue
  • Large events: Events should not take place. Drive-in events permitted

source: https://inews.co.uk/



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