Can I stay in a hotel under new lockdown tier rules? The government restrictions explained for staycations

The UK Government’s new lockdown system has placed areas of England on different levels of alert depending on their coronavirus infection rate.

By Richard Blackledge
Tuesday, 20th October 2020, 4:54 pm

Places are now categorised in three tiers – medium (tier 1), high (tier 2) and very high (tier 3). These have different implications for people’s holidays, so here is how the rules affect those living in tier 2 areas with breaks planned. The situation is changing quickly and regions will move between tiers according to the latest data.

Are holidays allowed in a tier 2 area?

Yes, holidays are still allowed if you live in a tier 2 area, as hotels and self-catering accommodation remain open. However, you can only go away with people within your own household, and can’t mix with others. Meeting up to six people outside is still allowed. Travelling to places in tier 3 – such as Liverpool and Lancashire – is not advised.

Visitors walk through Westonbirt Arboretum in the Cotswolds near Tetbury. Picture: Dan Istitene/Getty Images.

Are holidays allowed in a tier 3 area?

Government advice states you should not travel unless you are unable to avoid it such as for school or work. It is safe to assume a holiday does not fit into the essential travel only category.

Is visiting a tier 1, 2 or 3 location allowed?

Those living in a tier 1 location can visit tier 2 areas, following the necessary rules when they arrive. People in a tier 3 district are advised not to travel in and out of the area, unless it is for essential reasons.

Where can I find the latest information on alert levels?

Check the coronavirus restrictions in a local area in England here.