People in England have been left with just three relatively restriction-free staycation options this winter, with Cornwall, the Isle of Wight and the Isles of Scilly the only regions placed in Tier 1.
Classed as ‘medium risk’, hotels, B&Bs and campsites will be permitted to reopen, and households will be allowed to mix –provided they comply with the rule of six, when national lockdown is lifted on December 2.
All bars and restaurants will also be given the green light to resume trade, with the daily curfew extended to permit last orders at 10pm, and closure at 11pm.
Whether visitors from other tiers will be welcome is another matter. Earlier this week the chief executive for Visit Cornwall, Malcolm Bell, urged visitors and residents alike to exercise caution over the Christmas period in order to prevent the spread of coronavirus in the county.
“We didn’t have the feared spike after the summer but Christmas will be more challenging,” he told Cornwall Live. “People over the summer were more likely to go for outdoor walks, and may do so again, but over Christmas people tend to stay within their families more.
“To help keep Cornwall safe, people visiting need to enjoy Cornwall within their bubbles and when they go out for a walk to go back to where they are staying where possible.”
London and Liverpool have both been placed in Tier 2, which allows businesses – with the exception of pubs that don’t serve food – to reopen, but restricts indoor gatherings to household bubbles. Different households can meet outdoors, although the rule of six still applies.
Most of the North of England, alongside Kent, has been placed into the highest risk category, Tier 3, with all residents advised not to travel outside their local area.
The three-tier system is expected to stay in place until spring 2021, with local restrictions reviewed every fortnight.
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