The UK has been in a form of lockdown since the end of March. With just over two months having past, we are beginning to see how the next few months could progress. There has already been a relaxation in the amount of times you can exercise outdoors now, along with being permitted to travel further afield to do this.
However, it does look like you will not be able to plan on travelling abroad in anything like the way you may have been used to, over the next few months.
As a result, it is likely that a UK staycation could be on the cards for many families in 2020.
If you are planning a UK staycation this year, feel free to take a look at our previously written UK Staycation Guide, here.
It is highly likely that when tourist attractions and UK holiday parks are able to open up again, that there will be strict rules in place on social distancing, and a limit on the number of people who will be able to attend.
At present, you are permitted to take a day trip to outdoor spaces, but taking any kind of overnight trip is not allowed. It is likely this will remain in place for the immediate future, possibly well into June. July seems a more realistic prospect at present when we could see holiday parks opening their doors again, albeit with social distancing measures in place. The intention here being to try and prevent a second spike in infections occurring.
The countryside is predicted to be incredibly popular. Many people have been confined to their homes in cities and the appeal of spending some time in open, outdoor spaces will be high. An added benefit of course with the outdoors, is that it lends itself incredibly well to social distancing measures.
You have always been most likely to become infected with COVID-19 when indoors, in close proximity to other people who are themselves infected. Obviously, where outdoor spaces become incredibly busy, there will still be risk. Areas such as Cornwall, the Lake District National Park, and the Cotswolds are likely to prove very popular and become busy. Managing the influx of tourists will be key to enabling people to enjoy the fresh air, but to also feel safe when doing so.
It is likely you will need to get used to all the things you have likely seen at UK supermarkets over the last few weeks, such as one-way systems for people to move around things like tourist sites and attractions. Additionally, booking before you arrive will likely be required, which will help organisations manage visitor numbers. Prepare also to see an increase in hygiene facilities, such as hand sanitising stations and an increase in visibility of staff and other tourists wearing personal protective equipment, such as face masks and gloves.