THE UK is now in lockdown until mid-February, Boris Johnson announced last night, to curb the spread of coronavirus.
We’ve explained what this means for staying in a hotel or other accommodation, as well as what the rules are for each tier.
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Are hotels and B&Bs open during lockdown?
All hotels, B&Bs and other forms of accommodation are not allowed to open to guests during lockdown.
The only exception is for people who are self-isolating or for anyone who would be homeless as a result.
The government will review the lockdown mid-February, although it may be extended to March before putting the country back into the tier system.
Are hotels and B&Bs allowed to open in tier 4?
As the strictest tier in the UK, hotels and B&Bs are not allowed to open in tier 4 regions.
All overnight stays are banned in tier 4 which also includes holiday parks and self-catered homes.
The government advice explains: “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.
“This means that holidays in the UK and abroad are not allowed.”
They can only stay open for certain reasons such as for anyone currently living at the accommodation, for self-isolating or anyone unable to return to their home.
Are hotels and B&Bs allowed to open in tier 3?
In tier 3, no accommodation is allowed to stay open which includes hotels and B&Bs.
The government advice explains: “Accommodation such as hotels, B&Bs, campsites, and guest houses must close.
“There are several exemptions, such as for those who use these venues as their main residence, and those requiring the venues where it is reasonably necessary for work or education and training.”
Only restaurants serving takeaway or delivery services can stay open in hotels.
Are hotels and B&Bs allowed to open in tier 2?
Hotels and B&Bs are able to open in tier 2, along with campsites and caravan parks.
However, households are still not allowed to mix in accommodation with the rule of six only allowed outside, so you can only stay with your household.
Hotels will also have to close their restaurants by 11pm but can still offer room service.
If you have booked to stay with people not in your household, you should get in touch with the hotel.
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Are hotels and B&Bs allowed to open in tier 1?
Before the lockdown, only the Isles of Scilly was in tier 1.
With the loosest restrictions in place, hotels and other accommodation are allowed to stay open, with up to six people from different households able to stay.
However, this is only if you live in tier 1 – if you are travelling from a different tier, you must abide by your own tier rules.