Information on coronavirus outbreak situation within the UK, updated 22 May 2020

On the 23/3/2020 the UK government announced a lockdown order due to the coronavirus outbreak. 

The government has now published an exit plan from the lockdown and all being well, holidays within England (for people living in England) may be possible from 4 July.  However, this is not a fixed firm date, as it’s a fluid situation and the government is monitoring the number of coronavirus cases and may adapt accordingly.

  • Wales, Scotland and Ireland each have different exit strategies to England.
     
  • Ireland’s exit plan suggests that holidays within the country may be permitted from 20 July.
     
  • Wales has a traffic light exit plan and hasn’t proposed specific dates for different stages.  The plan suggests that cottages may be able to reopen in the Amber phase (it is not yet known when Wales will enter the amber phase though).
     
  • Scotland has not yet announced details of their exit plan with proposed dates, so it's not yet clear when UK residents may be able to take a cottage break in Scotland currently.


Because of the changing situation, it’s strongly recommended that you speak to cottage owners and agencies prior to booking to go over booking conditions and to find out re your rights if you needed to reschedule your holiday because of the coronavirus crisis.  As always, it's recommended that you take out appropriate holiday insurance.