Coronavirus Holidaymaker Update, updated 22 February 2021
When can I book and take a cottage holiday in the UK?
As at 6/1/21, the countries of the UK are currently in lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic, so cottage holidays are not permitted at the current time. However, the UK government have announced a planned roadmap out of lockdown (announcements expected from Scotland and Wales shortly), and many cottages will now be accepting bookings for later on in the year for the summer in particular (see details of rules and restrictions in government's roadmap out of lockdown below). Booking terms vary from property to property. As always its strongly recommended that you take out appropriate holiday insurance.
UK Government Planned Roadmap out of Lockdown
On the 22 February 21, the UK government announced a roadmap out of lockdown.
England's Planned Roadmap out of Lockdown
Under the plans (provided targets are met on infection rates, the vaccination programme and any new variants are under control), the following should be possible:
- Single household groups in England will be permitted to stay in holiday cottages in England (no household mixing permitted) from 12 April onwards.
- From 17 May, 2 households will be permitted to meet indoors (or rule of 6) and domestic overnight stays (with the aforementioned constraints) will be permitted in England (for residents of England). You may want to read the UK government's roadmap out of lockdown.
Announcements awaited from Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales re their planned roadmaps out of lockdown
The First Minister for Scotland has indicated that staycation breaks are not part of its initial plans for easing lockdown so it is unlikely that cottage holidays will be possible in Scotland this Easter, but that staycation breaks may be possible in the summer months (but this is not yet confirmed and dates are not yet available).
The next announcement on possible relaxing of current restrictions in Wales is expected on 12th of March, so it is not yet known when cottage holidays will be permitted in Wales (although the government has indicated that Easter may be a possibility, but this is not for certain).
Northern Ireland has also not yet announced dates for planned relaxing of restrictions currently.
Remember to check booking terms and conditions prior to booking. It is also strongly advisable to take out appropriate holiday insurance.