As proud Londoners, we can’t complain too much that we’ve only been allowed to leave our beautiful city for a small list of reasons over the past few months.
But we’d be lying if we said we weren’t looking forward to trips out of the capital, particularly to visit friends and family elsewhere.
Now, the date that we may be able to do just that has been revealed as Boris Johnson set out the Government’s roadmap out of lockdown in England.
In the first step, all pupils in England’s schools are expected to return to class from 8 March, with mass testing and wider use of face masks to be implemented in secondary schools.
There will be a further easing on March 29, with groups of up to six people or two households allowed to gather in parks and gardens.
This means from March 29 the stay at home rule will end but people must stay local as much as possible.
However, should all go to plan, on April 12, residents will be allowed to move freely across the country, meaning domestic holidays away from home in England will be permitted, with self-contained accommodation able to reopen for use by members of the same household.
It is not yet clear whether such holidays will also be permitted to Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland.
Foreign holidays could be permitted from May 17, and it is hoped that all restrictions in England will be lifted by June 21.
There will be a gap of at least five weeks between each of the plan’s subsequent steps to allow for the impact of changes on infection rates and hospital admissions to be assessed.
Of course, all these dates could be subject to change if things don’t go to plan and Covid rates start rising dangerously.
Following Boris Johnson’s Monday announcement there was a surge in holiday bookings, both domestically and internationally.
In the hours after the announcement, EasyJet said bookings by UK customers for the summer season were more than four times higher compared with the same period during the previous week.
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August is the most booked month, followed by July and September.
Closer to home, Visit Cornwall tourist board has also revealed that bookings for summer by February are up by 50 to 100 per cent compared to last year, The Telegraph reports.
Similarly, Airbnb has seen double the number of people on the hunt for staycations than last year.
In response to the latest announcement, an Airbnb spokesperson said: “The Great British staycation is back and hosts across the UK are ready to provide clean and private homes for families and loved ones to safely reconnect.”
The easing of restrictions that will allow Londoners to visit places outside of the capital falls just after the Easter school holidays, however, with so much school already missed this year, many will happily wait till the summer holidays to book a family getaway.
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