Coronavirus Holidaymaker Update, updated 3 November 2020

SuitcaseThe below information has been put together to update holidaymakers on the current position re cottage holidays in the UK.

Can I now book a holiday cottage in the UK?

Following the national lockdown in March 2020 to contain the coronavirus outbreak, the UK eased travel restrictions for residents in the UK allowing people to book and take holidays for a period. However, at the beginning of November 2020, a 4 week national lockdown was announced for England.  Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland had already announced their own firebreak lockdowns.  See below information on latest firebreak lockdown announced.

Before the announcement of a second national lockdown, the government had aimed to control virus spread in areas with high coronavirus rates through local lockdowns which had mainly affected large UK cities (although certain counties had also been affected).    The government's website can be referenced to find area's with local restrictions and there is also a section on holidays in areas with local restrictions. The government have stated that they plan to return to this regional approach after the end of the 2nd national lockdown.

In view of the uncertainty created by the coronavirus, some cottage owners and agencies are offering more flexible booking terms but booking conditions vary from property to property.  It's recommended that you get in touch with owners or agencies for properties that interest you and check their booking terms before booking.  Taking out appropriate holiday insurance as always is also strongly recommended.

Firebreak Lockdowns announced in October 2020 in Ireland, Northern Ireland and Wales, and National Lockdown in England from 5 November 2020

A second national lockdown for England will be taking place from 5 November until the 2 December which requires people to stay at home except for work (if they cannot work from home) and holidays are not permitted during this time. See the government website for information on the 2nd national lockdown.

Wales started a fire-break lockdown as of Friday 23 October 2020, this lockdown will last until Monday 9 November. This lockdown means that many businesses in Wales are closed over this period and that only essential travel is permitted.  It is therefore not permitted to take a cottage holiday in Wales during this firebreak period.

Ireland has entered a second lockdown (a 6 week lockdown from 21 October 2020 to 1 December 2020).

Northern Ireland announced a four week circuit break lockdown from 16th October to 13th of November.  Only essential travel is allowed during this period.