THE government is to announce when holidays abroad can go ahead.

Here is what we know so far about hotels opening in the UK.

When will hotels reopen?

Hotels have been forced to close due to the lockdown.

They are only allowed to open for essential reasons, such as for key workers or for vulnerable people.

They won't be able to open when thesecond round of lockdown restrictions are eased from today.

Hotels will be able to reopen from May 17, welcoming guests back before the May bank holidays.

On June 21, holidays will resume with no restrictions in England.

When will campsites reopen?

Self-catered accommodation and sites such as caravan parks and campsites are allowed to open from today, as only self-catered properties have been allowed to open.

However, accommodation with shared facilities can only reopen from May 17 in England. It means some campsites are opening today but keeping their toilet and shower blocks closed.

When can I go on holiday with friends and family?

From May 17, two households can stay together at a hotel, with no limit on people – for example, this means two households of four people could stay together, taking the total number of people to eight.

If from more than two households, then the rule of six must be obeyed.

From June 21, there will be no restrictions on how many people can go on holiday together.

Holidays abroad have been given the provisional thumbs up as Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said it is the "first time" that families can look to booking a trip overseas.

Expected to go ahead from May 17, a traffic light system will allow a number of countries to reopen with no quarantine measures.

"Green list" countries, which will be revealed early next month will only require two Covid tests – before and after return to the UK – while amber and red list countries will require travellers to quarantine when back in the UK still.

 

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