Holidays in the UK or abroad will not be allowed until the end of the new national lockdown in mid February.
Government guidance states that any travel of the sort is banned and one must only move for strictly essential reasons as permitted by law.
The PM said “tougher” measures were needed to stop the spread of the virus as an increasing number of hospitals are struggling to cope with the number of admissions.
Under the newly announced rules, “you cannot leave your home or the place where you are living for holidays or overnight stays unless you have a reasonable excuse for doing so”.
That includes staying in a second home or a caravan which isn’t your primary residence.
Staying overnight with someone who you don’t live with or is not in your support bubble is also banned, the guidance states.
While those who are currently on holiday “should return to your home as soon as practical”.
Below are the reasons why you are allowed to stay overnight away from home:
- are visiting your support bubble
- are unable to return to your main residence
- need accommodation while moving house
- need accommodation to attend a funeral or related commemorative even
- require accommodation for work purposes or to provide voluntary services
- are a child requiring accommodation for school or care
- are homeless, seeking asylum, a vulnerable person seeking refuge, or if escaping harm (including domestic abuse)
- are an elite athlete or their support staff or parent, if the athlete is under 18 and it is necessary to be outside of the home for training or competition
The new lockdown came as the UK saw coronavirus hospital deaths rise by 413 – the highest Monday rise since April – with 58,784 infections.
The spike in cases – which have now exceeded the number seen during the first wave in spring time – has largely been attributed to a new strain of the virus which was first identified in Kent and which is sweeping through the country.
In a televised address to the nation, the Prime Minister said the new variant – which is 50% to 70% more transmissible – was spreading in a “frustrating and alarming” manner.
“With most of the country already under extreme measures, it is clear that we need to do more, together, to bring this new variant under control while our vaccines are rolled out,” he said.
“In England, we must therefore go into a national lockdown which is tough enough to contain this variant.
“That means the Government is once again instructing you to stay at home.”