Covid19 update: holidays in the UK from 4th July 2020

Image is of the Cerne Abbas Giant courtesy of Kevin Knight, showing the chalk figure adorned with a face mask at the start of lockdown.

The new ‘normal’ is here- the UK is now open to holidaymakers – but it will inevitably require some additional planning. This is our Covid19 update.

Booking a Footscape holiday means that you will be provided with up-to-date information about how any restrictions might impact on your holiday, allowing you the extra time to enjoy the stunning scenery.

Pubs and restaurants
  • Pubs and restaurants in England can re-open both outdoors and indoors in what the government calls a “covid-secure way” with more hand-washing, ventilation and table service indoors, rather than customers standing at a shared bar.
  • People may be asked to give their names, or order food and drink on a phone app, but pub landlords will not check the exact makeup of an individual household that comes into the venue or request to see identification. They will not be asked to wear face-coverings.
  • Hotels, bed and breakfasts, holiday homes and campsites and caravan parks and boarding houses will be able to reopen. Hostels and campsites with more shared facilities will not reopen on 4th July.    
  • Accommodation will be required to  introduce deep cleaning regimes between guests.
  • Meal services including breakfasts will need to be pre-booked and timed, and shared facilities will only be accessible to one family group at a time.

When you book with Footscape we will contact each accommodation to check breakfast/dinner arrangements and reserve tables at restaurants

We will confirm arrangements prior to your holiday so you can plan ahead, confident in the arrangements made.

Luggage Transfers will be conducted in a Covid-safe way with the bag handles disinfected on collection and delivery to your accommodation.

Public transport
  • Instead of keeping a distance of 2 metres from other passengers, it will be possible to travel 1 metre apart so long as another mitigating factor is in place, such as a face-covering which are mandatory on all public transport.

 Footscape supply up-to -date timetables and taxi company phone numbers. On booking any taxis for our clients we will confirm precautions taken by the driver.

 In late June the UK government intend to announce new ‘travel bridges’ with specific countries, dispensing with any quarantine requirements imposed by either country. 

This first wave of agreements is expected to include most of Europe

Places of interest and entertainment
  • Theatres, museums and galleries will be able to reopen but not for live performances. Cafes, bars and restaurants associated with the venue would also be able to reopen.
  • Funfairs, theme parks, adventure parks, amusement arcades, model villages, aquariums, wildlife centres, zoos and safari parks can all reopen on 4 July,
  • Timed tickets will be introduced for exhibitions, theme parks, galleries and attractions to reduce the number of visitors in locations at the same time.
  • One way systems, clear floor markings and a queue management system should be in place to maintain social distancing measures at all attractions and help to limit contact between both staff and visitors.
  • In addition, visitor attractions will need to introduce regular deep cleaning regimes across their site and some interactive displays will need to be temporarily closed. 

Footscape include current opening times for museums and places of interest within your bespoke detailed trail guide.

For more information on our holidays along the spectacular Jurassic Coast or our stunning inland trails please click on Undiscovered Dorset or Wessex Ridgeway

For current information on any aspect of the Covid 19 update please see            Visit Britain           Visit Dorset