What are the rules on overnight stays in the UK? How to keep your family safe

From today (4 July), England enters the next stage of coronavirus safety measures, with the reopening of many businesses and social distancing rules relaxed.

Pubs, restaurants and cinemas are all set to reopen and people will be able to meet with friends and family indoors.

After months of travel restrictions people will also have the freedom to stay overnight at a location other than their own home.

However, while restrictions begin to be lifted in England, the UK is still at a very crucial point in the control of coronavirus, and safety measures must still be followed. 

The guidance on social distancing is being relaxed from two metres to one metre, but it is important that people take extra safety precautions such as washing hands and avoiding touching their face. 

Overnight rules from 4 July

From 4 July people in England will be able to stay away from their homes overnight, allowing them to once again visit holiday or second homes.



People will be allowed overnight stays at caravan and holiday parks

Hotels, campsites and B&B’s are also set to reopen, giving people the chance to holiday in England.

Government guidelines state that people should only stay overnight in groups of two households, and while doing so should still remain socially distanced from anyone not in their household. 

This does not always need to be the same two households, for example you can go stay with one set of grandparents one weekend, then visit the others the next. 

If staying with people from a different household, extra care should be taken to prevent the risk of spreading the virus, such as washing hands and surfaces, and avoiding shared facilities when possible.

In Scotland, people have been allowed to visit self-contained holiday accommodation with no shared services (such as caravans and holiday cottages) since 3 July.

Then from 15 July people will be able to stay in other forms of accommodations such as hotels and campsites. 

What is still not allowed 

People should not be staying overnight in homes with more than one other household. 

For example, staying overnight with multiple friends from different households is not allowed. 

Meeting multiple households indoors has a risk of greater chains of transmission, so it is important larger groups do not stay together. 

Groups of up to six people from different households can still meet up outside. 

As the government advice suggests, the more people you have interactions with, the higher the chance of infection.

Therefore, to keep as safe as possible you should limit the number of people you see.  

You should also not travel if you are experiencing any symptoms of coronavirus, or have been in contact with anybody with the virus.

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