UK Entry Guidelines and Travel Updates – as at 26 June 2020

Overview

UK Borders are open, with certain restrictions, but gatherings of more than 30 people are forbidden.  Exhibition and conference centres remain closed, as do theatres and concert halls.  You can move around the country and from 4 July 2020 hotels, hostels, guest houses etc are permitted to open.

 

 

Detailed Guidelines

UK borders are open, but visitors and residents must self-isolate for 14 days upon arrival. You must also provide your journey and contact details upon arrival.

You may be fined up to £100 if you refuse to provide your contact details. You may be fined more if you break this rule more than once. You may also be fined up to £1,000 if you refuse to self-isolate, or you could face further action.

From 4 July changes to guidelines within the UK apply:

From 4 July, many businesses and venues will be permitted to reopen and will be expected to follow COVID-19 Secure guidelines. These include:

  • hotels, hostels, bed and breakfast accommodation, holiday apartments or homes, cottages or bungalows, campsites, caravan parks or boarding houses
  • places of worship
  • libraries
  • community centres
  • restaurants, cafes, workplace canteens, bars, pubs that are self-contained and can be accessed from the outside
  • hair salons and barbers, including mobile businesses
  • cinemas
  • funfairs, theme parks, adventure parks and activities
  • outdoor gyms and playgrounds
  • museums and galleries
  • bingo halls
  • outdoor skating rinks
  • amusement arcades and other entertainment centres
  • model villages
  • social clubs
  • indoor attractions at aquariums, zoos, safari parks, farms, wildlife centres and any place where animals are exhibited to the public as an attraction
  • indoor and outdoor areas of visitor attractions including, gardens, heritage sites, film studios and landmarks

What will need to remain closed by law?

The following businesses will need to remain closed, as we have assessed that they cannot yet be made sufficiently COVID-19 Secure:

  • nightclubs
  • casinos
  • bowling alleys and indoor skating rinks
  • indoor play areas including soft-play
  • spas
  • nail bars, beauty salons and tanning salons
  • massage, tattoo and piercing parlours
  • indoor fitness and dance studios, and indoor gyms and sports venues/facilities
  • swimming pools and water parks
  • exhibition or conference centres – where they are to be used for exhibitions or conferences, other than for those who work for that venue.

Getting Together (private gatherings)

you can meet in groups of up to two households (your support bubble counts as one household) in any location – public or private, indoors or outdoors. You do not always have to meet with the same household – you can meet with different households at different times. However, it remains the case – even inside someone’s home – that you should socially distance from anyone not in your household or bubble. This change also does not affect the support you receive from your carers

When you are outside you can continue to meet in groups of up to six people from different households, following social distancing guidelines

It will be against the law to gather in groups larger than 30 people, except for a limited set of circumstances to be set out in law

 

You should not:

  • gather indoors in groups of more than two households (your support bubble counts as one household) – this includes when dining out or going to the pub
  • gather outdoors in a group of more than six people from different households; gatherings larger than 6 should only take place if everyone is from just two households
  • interact socially with anyone outside the group you are attending a place with, even if you see other people you know, for example, in a restaurant, community centre or place of worship
  • hold or attend celebrations (such as parties) where it is difficult to maintain social distancing
  • stay overnight away from your home with members of more than one other household (your support bubble counts as one household)
  • Gatherings of more than 30 people will be prohibited, apart from some limited circumstances to be set out in law.

Different regulations apply to Scotland, N. Ireland and Wales, and you are advised to check current advice before travelling.

For detailed information and updates (Government Guidelines), refer to https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus

For updates and future group and incentive travel information, email DMC UK on Interopa on mice@interopa.co.uk