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Tourism set for summer return in every UK region

Published on: 22 June 2020

Tourism set for summer return in every UK region

Tourism across the UK is now set for a summer return


Following the announcement made by Prime Minister Boris Johnson, the tourism sector in England can resume activity from 4 July. This includes overnight stays on boats. 

We are awaiting further guidance for passenger boat operators and will publish further updates as soon as we are able to. 


Yesterday, Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon confirmed that the reopening of the tourism sector in Scotland was conditionally being brought forward. 

The new date for the reopening of the tourism industry is 3 July. 

If the health and safety criteria is met, the requirement to stay local will be relaxed. This will allow people to travel more than five miles from their home. Visits to self-catering and second homes are expected to be permitted from this date.


The Welsh Government will start to reopen the tourism sector from 6 July, however this will be for outdoor attractions. Self-contained accommodation and visits to caravan parks will be permitted from 13 July. 

Northern Ireland 

The Northern Ireland Executive had published guidance for the reopening of the visitor economy. 

Provided it is safe, self-catering accommodation will be able to reopen from 26 June and other tourist accommodation including hotels, restaurants, and cafes will reopen from 3 July. 

   Date for reopening
 England  Saturday 4 July
 Scotland  Friday 3 July
 Wales  Monday 13 July
 Northern Ireland  Friday 26 June

Our members should check our Coronavirus Hub for more information.