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With lockdown restrictions easing week-on-week, it can be difficult for the average person to keep up with the latest dos and don’ts of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The latest rules have seen non-essential businesses, such as retail stores, pubs, restaurants, and beauty salons, reopen in some capacity.

But as summer moves closer, taking that much-needed break away from home seems to be on the minds of most.

Here we reveal the latest rules for UK staycations and holidays a little further afield.

When can I holiday in the UK?

Self-contained holiday accommodation, such as serviced apartments and cottages, is now back open for business.

As of the 12th April 2021, households can enjoy a break away from home thanks to the rules relaxing on some types of accommodation and overnight stays.

You are however unable to holiday with friends and family. Only members of the same household can holiday together.

When can I go on holiday with people outside my household?

If you’re eager to celebrate the easing of lockdown by making staycation plans with family and friends, you may have to wait a little longer.

From 17th May 2021 at the very earliest, you can holiday within the same accommodation with members of a linked household or support bubble. At this stage, holidaying with individuals outside your bubble is still not permitted.

This is also the date when hotels and holiday parks will be reopening. Although with recent news revealing a UK holiday booking surge of 300%, you may have difficulty booking the holiday accommodation you want this summer.

The new staycation rule coincides with a change to indoor meetings too. From 17th May, groups of six people from two households will be able to meet inside.

Outdoors, you’ll be able to meet whoever you like, providing it’s not a gathering of 30 people or more.

Pubs, restaurants and other hospitality venues will also be able to serve customers inside from this date, providing scientific data permits it.

What about foreign holidays?

International travel has been a much talked about topic. Yet there are no guarantees when non-essential travel overseas will resume. Here’s what the Telegraph had to say about the latest rules on overseas holidays:

“Foreign holidays will resume on May 17, at the earliest. A green list of countries from which British holidaymakers can return to England without facing quarantine is set to be published in the coming weeks. It is likely to include a limited list of destinations.”

The government has proposed a traffic light system, which categorises countries according to their safety, taking their vaccination and infection rates into account.

Green countries will be safe to travel to with a negative Covid test and require no quarantine upon return. Amber countries require testing and quarantine at home post-holiday. Red countries require testing and a managed hotel-based quarantine.

Why stay in the UK and not go away?

With the uncertainty surrounding foreign travel, enjoying a long-overdue holiday here in the UK is certainly recommended.

As well as providing you with a simpler, safer way to holiday, a staycation offers an opportunity to support local businesses and communities at a time when they need it most.

Citystay is open!

If you’re looking to holiday in style, book one of our award-winning serviced apartments and explore the heart of the most charming staycation destination in the UK.

Our centrally located apartments provide the perfect base to explore the very best of Cambridge as well as the surrounding areas.

In line with the latest government legislation, we reopened on 12th April 2021 and have already entertained countless guests visiting Cambridge for work and leisure.

Book your Cambridge staycation today and take advantage of our fantastic flexible, Covid-secure special offers.