Plans to lift UK lockdown

Old Feb 23rd, 2021, 02:36 AM
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Plans to lift UK lockdown

Boris Johnson has announced the route map for lifting lockdown in England over the coming months:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-56158405

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Old Feb 24th, 2021, 08:17 AM
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I have a few questions about the new plan above. We are planning a visit to Scotland in mid May (12th) - flying into Edinburgh from the US. We had hotel reservations in Scotland for last May, which we rescheduled for this upcoming May when the virus closed everything last year. The UK/Scotland latest reopen plan (above) would open hotels mid-way through our trip.

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1. In the plan above, they mention "indoor hospitality". Is this indoor restaurants?

2. There is no mention in the above plan of entry restrictions - quarantine, Covid tests within 72 hours, etc. On Feb 15, Scotland imposed a "managed quarantine" for everyone entering Scotland. Is there any plan to lift the quarantine, or will it be lifted on June 21? (see above).

I plan to reschedule this upcoming trip - just like I did last year (too many "problems"). I would like, however, to provide the hotel with "informed" reasons for doing so. I had no problems rescheduling last year.

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Old Feb 24th, 2021, 09:04 AM
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Current restrictions for foreign travel will stay until May 17 at least.
See this Evening Standard article;
https://www.standard.co.uk/escapist/...&itm_content=1

Scotland may have other rules, but I doubt it.
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Old Feb 24th, 2021, 09:38 AM
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""Scotland may have other rules, but I doubt it.""

From www.gov.scot

Feb 14, 2021 — Everyone who arrives directly in Scotland by air from outside the CTA must: provide a Coronavirus (COVID-19) test and get a negative result during the 3 days before you travel. before departure book and pay for managed isolation in a quarantine hotel for at least 10 days from arrival.

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think only "red list" people need to quarantine in a hotel if arriving in other UK countries. Non red list travelers need to self quarantine.

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Old Feb 24th, 2021, 10:22 AM
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Scotland has their own rules from the rest of GB. But in any case SAGE (the Scientific Group for Emergencies) advice is in constant flux. I personally think mid-May is much too early to be planning visiting from he States. I have a trip booked for early July and realistically I'll be VERY surprised if I don't have to cancel.

British residents are (provisionally) being allowed to book staycations in the country but it isn't even certain that English residents will be allowed or welcomed in Scotland. If I were you, I probably wouldn't get my hopes up until maybe mid-to late April to see if the positive trends continue and things open up sooner.
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janisj. I don't have any air reservations, and in December I gave this trip about a 5% chance of happening. I just need some ammunition in case any hotel balks at my request to reschedule my visit for next year - and move any "deposits" towards next year's trip. I don't think Scotland would be much fun this year.

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I honestly don't think you need any 'ammunition'. (Unless they are real twits ) If you have a deposit in place they will likely be MORE than willing to let it ride til some future date. Since local (British residents) in-country bookings for late Spring/Summer have sky rocketed in the last few days since these new announcements they likely will have no problem filling your emptied room. They will have the use of your until you can finally visit.
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Two of my hotels are reserved for May 12 to May 16 - so they won't have any guests until the lockdown ends May 17. But I had absolutely no problems rescheduling last year.

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Yes, Scotland has its own rules. This BBC comparison between the English and Scottish routes out of the lockdown may be helpful.
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotla...itics-56181744

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From Heimdall's link:

""In Scotland, bars and restaurants will be able to reopen from 26 April.Ms Sturgeon said tourist accommodation and hotels should plan to reopen from that date, and that more information about the exact sequencing would be made available in March.""
""in England.....
Hotels, hostels and B&Bs are expected to reopen from 17 May, which is also the earliest date that international leisure travel could resume.""

It seems that I could check into a Scotland hotel starting 26 April. My flight from San Francisco departs May 10. If this 26 April date doesn't slip - I am OK. If it slips more than 2 weeks later - I have a problem. What about the "international leisure travel could consume" starting 17 May?? What if I fly into LHR on May 11??? Do I have a problem???

Two of my hotels need a 1 month notice if I want my deposit refunded.

This is more uncertainty than I want.

Here in the San Francisco Bay Area, the hairdresser group has been shut down & reopened three times.

Thoughts anyone?????

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Old Feb 25th, 2021, 09:44 AM
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No one has any idea really. Different parts of the UK have locked down, opened up, locked down again, rules tightened/loosened over an over again for the last year. Plus the competition/animosity/feud between Johnson and Sturgeon is always in play. NOTHING would surprise me.
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