The impact of Tier 4 on the SW tourism

Visit Britain has issued information which may be useful for Cornwall and Devon, relating to the new regulations and guidance. Although Cornwall is Tier 1 (medium risk) the events happening in the rest of the country will impact tourism in the SW.

Basically, anyone from Tier 4 should not be visiting the SW. The rules for mixing of households over Christmas has also changed, with mixed households limited to 1 day not 5 as previously. Holiday accommodation owners are reporting high numbers of cancellations.

COVID rates are rising in London, the South East and East of England. This is believed to be due to a new variant of the virus. Early indications are showing that it may be up to 70% more transmissible than the old variant. As a result, the Government has announced that areas of London, the South East and the East of England in tier 3 will move to a new tier 4 where the restrictions will be broadly equivalent to national restrictions which were in place in England in November.

The full list of areas moving to tier 4 has been published. The following areas will be moving tier from the beginning of Sunday 20 December:
  • London (All 32 London boroughs plus City of London)
  • Kent and Medway
  • Buckinghamshire
  • Berkshire (Bracknell Forest, Reading, Slough, Wokingham, Windsor and Maidenhead and West Berkshire)
  • Surrey (excluding Waverley)
  • Hastings and Rother
  • Havant, Gosport and Portsmouth
  • Hertfordshire
  • Essex (excluding Tendring, Uttlesford and Colchester)
  • Central Bedfordshire, Bedford, Milton Keynes, Luton
  • Peterborough
Travelling out of a tier 4 area 
People most on leave tier 4 area for legally permitted reasons such as travel to work where they cannot work from home, to education and for caring responsibilities. The full list of exceptions will be published in the Regulations.

Travelling to a tier 4 area from a tier 1, 2 or 3 area

People must not travel into a tier 4 area from another part of the UK, other than for reasons such as travel to work where it is not possible to work from home, etc.
Staying away from home overnight

People who live in tier 4 cannot leave home for holidays or stays overnight away from their main home unless permitted by law. This means that holidays in the UK and abroad are not allowed. This includes staying in a second home or caravan, or staying with anyone they do not live with or are in a support bubble with.
Other travel guidance
All tiers will be formally reviewed on 30 December.
New advice on travel is that everyone in all tiers should stay local and carefully consider whether to travel abroad. Those in tier 4 will not be permitted to travel abroad (except in exceptional circumstances).
Update to Christmas arrangements
The Christmas rules in England have also been revised:
  • Those living in tier 4 areas should not mix with anyone outside their household at Christmas (exceptions apply for support bubbles).
  • In all other tiers, the meeting of three households will be limited to Christmas Day only.
  • There will be no relaxation of the rules for New Year’s Eve.

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