Travel latest: Holidays off for all Britons as more than 13,000 hotels forced to close


Travel latest: Holidays off for all Britons as more than 13,000 hotels forced to close

Holidays are now firmly off the cards for almost all the British Isles as tough new lockdown restrictions come into force.

From today, more than three-quarters of English residents will be living under the highest Tier 4 restrictions after Matt Hancock cited rising Covid infections while imposing harsher measures on another 20 million people.  

This puts the whole of England, with the sole exception of the Isles of Scilly, into either Tier 3 or 4. Scotland, Wales and Ireland are currently all under a national lockdown.

Under both Tier 3 and 4, all hotels and hospitality venues must close, as well as non-essential shops. Restaurants, pubs and bars can only serve takeaway. The rules for Tier 4 instruct people to stay at home, with permission to leave only if there is a “reasonable excuse”. The guidance warns them not go abroad either, apart from “limited exceptions” such as work.

There are more than 13,000 hotels across the UK, all of which will begin 2021 closed, leaving an already reeling travel industry and countless small businesses in dire straits. 

Speaking on Wednesday evening, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he would move “heaven and earth” to roll out the newly-approved Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine so that restrictions can “recede into the past” by spring.

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