COVID Closures

The Prime Minister announced a ‘stay at home’ lockdown in England from Thursday (5 November) until 2 December, here.

The restrictions have yet to be approved by Parliament. An outline is here, and directly impacting on holiday and touring parks, they include:

  • Travel– ‘Overnight stays and holidays away from primary residences will not be allowed. This includes holidays abroad and in the UK. It also means you cannot stay in a second home, if you own one, or staying with anyone you do not live with or are in a support bubble with. There are specific exceptions, for example if you need to stay away from home (including in a second home) for work purposes, but this means people cannot travel overseas or within the UK, unless for work, education or other legally permitted reasons’
  • Businesses – ‘Hotels, hostels and other accommodation should only open for those who have to travel for work purposes and for a limited number of other exemptions which will be set out in law.’

However, unlike the Spring, people will be permitted to travel and stay away from home for work purposes. Given this, rather than addressing the closure of accommodation businesses, the guidance instead refers to the customers for whom they may remain open. We will update you as the detail becomes clearer as many questions remain to be answered.