Hotels, B&Bs, campsites and other accommodation in England can reopen on 4 July, Boris Johnson has confirmed.
In a Commons statement, the Prime Minister said “self-contained accommodation, including hotels, bed and breakfasts, as well as campsites” could reopen provided they observed hygiene guidelines. Social distancing is also being reduced to one metre.
The relaxation of rules means up to two households can stay together in holiday accommodation.
He added: “Most leisure facilities and tourist attractions will reopen if they can do so safely.”
These included theme parks, museums, galleries, cinemas and arcades. However, waterparks, nightclubs and swimming pools will remain closed.
Johnson also confirmed all primary and secondary school pupils will return in September.
“Today we can say that our long national hibernation is beginning to come to an end,” he told parliament.
Joss Croft, UKinbound chief executive said: “Today’s announcement that pubs, restaurants, hotels and attractions can officially open on 4 July will come as a huge relief to businesses across the tourism and hospitality industry, who have earned very little revenue since the beginning of March.”
However, he added: “Government needs to recognise that while some businesses will hopefully be able to recoup a small proportion of their losses over the much shorter summer season, many businesses, especially those that rely wholly or mostly on inbound tourism, will have gone through the equivalent of ‘three winters’ and will need further financial support if they are to survive and continue to drive jobs and growth across the UK.”