Domestic travel between England, Wales, and Scotland have opened up for the first time since Christmas!
Over 12 million people have been fully vaccinated in the UK, and more than 33 million have received the first jab. Given that the UK has been successfully reaching all their goals for the vaccination program, the government has been easing up on restrictions, as promised. Hospitality venues, close-contact services, and non-commercial businesses have been opening up again, and now, the government has also lifted restrictions on domestic travel. Brits will be free to travel between England, Scotland, and Wales to visit family and friends, and also to enjoy a much-awaited holiday away from home!
Those living in England and Wales will be able to travel to the Scottish islandsfrom today. To keep the islands safe from any new COVID cases, the Scottish government suggests that travellers take a lateral flow test three days prior to departure, and then once again on the day of departure.
If you were planning to go on holiday in England and Wales, then you can from today as well. Self-contained holiday accommodations will be available for tourists, given that they stay with their household or bubble. As of now, it is still not possible to have overnight stays with friends and family from other households.
Unfortunately, travelling in and out of Northern Ireland is still prohibited for non-essential reasons.
Easing restrictions in Wales and Scotland
The time to take advantage of domestic travel has come, because life is beginning to go back to normal in Wales and Scotland.
Pubs, bars, and restaurants have reopened their outdoor services once more in Wales for groups of six people. Furthermore, outdoor activities can be organised with a cap of 30 attendees.
In Scotland, hospitality venues, non-essential shops, libraries, and museums are also back in business. Additionally, up to 50 guests are allowed to attend events like weddings and funerals, and indoor gatherings of two households, with six people each, can now take place.