From today, no more than six people can meet up indoors or outdoors in England, meaning holidays between large groups of friends or families (children are included in the number in England) cannot go ahead. This time, the rule is law, not simply guidance, so there are potential penalties. Why 6? It seems from my reading, to have been instigated by Michael Gove, against the advice and agreement of most other cabinet ministers.
For those who decided to stick to the UK for their breaks, this is yet another hit – just as it is for those with larger properties to accommodate them, because they will be faced with refunding cancelled holidays once again while retaining ongoing costs.
Holiday lettings companies, campsites, cottage and AirBnB providers in Bude and surrounding areas will, like many others, once again find their takings are unlikely to cover their costs with these inevitable cancellations.
More than 25 per cent of self-catered accommodation in the UK is for more than six people.
The Chair of the Professional Association of Self-Caterers (PASC) Alistair Handyside has warned that the forthcoming booking cancellations will be “carnage” especially if they go on into peak periods such as Christmas and New Year.