Just five days ago Boris Johnson was proclaiming that he was a “freedom loving Tory”. This weekend, he is signing off on plans for new lockdown restrictions across the North of England.

What are the plans?

England will be divided into one of three tiers, each of which will have predetermined restrictions.

  • Tier one is likely to see people expected to follow the ‘rule of six’ and maintain social distancing.
  • Tier two could ban households from mixing in homes, gardens, pubs, bars or restaurants.
  • The top tier could see people ordered not to have any social contact with anyone outside their household together with the expected closures of pubs, bars and restaurants.

Will hotels close, in the ‘top tier’?

Mr Johnson is still yet to decide whether to include hairdressers and leisure businesses in the top tier. Hotels could also be excluded from this group.

What will it mean for group trips?

These could be in jeopardy. If you have holiday plans with people from other households, the new rules might rule this out, both at your accommodation and in pubs and restaurants.

Where will be affected?

Conversations are currently targeted on the North West of the country.  Liverpool is currently seeing 600 cases per 100,000 people – far higher than England’s average – and hospital admissions of Covid-19 cases in the North West are the highest in England.

There is also talk of Leeds and Sheffield being affected by the new restrictions.

What should I do?

If you already have a booking, your best bet is to hold fire until we have more news next week. If you are considering booking an escape for half term, you may want to take a look at the map below to make a judgement on which parts of the UK are less likely to be affected by a local lockdown over half term.

Be sure to clarify the cancellation policy of your accommodation before you book.


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