Lockdown easing in the UK and Ireland

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The announcement two days ago of lockdown easing in England and Scotland has left a rather confusing picture of what you can do and can’t do.

Tate Modern in London will open during the summer

Here then is a quick summary of what is happening in the home nations and Ireland.


A from July 4th, pubs, bars and restaurants can re-open if they have outdoor facilities but service is limited to table service indoors. You will be required to provide contact details in case an outbreak occurs linked to the venue. Self-service is unlikely

From the same date, hotels, holiday apartments, campsites and caravan parks will re-open but shared facilities must be cleaned “properly.”

Most attractions including, museums and galleries, funfairs, theme parks, adventure parks, amusement arcades, skating rinks will re-open but not water-parks, spas, gyms or leisure centres. However the Southbank Centre in London which houses the Hayward Gallery won’t open until 2021.

Many London museums will stagger their openings during July and August.

Zoos, gardens and national parks are open

Residents in England are allowed to travel within England but overnight stays beginning on July 4th

In Northern Ireland the two metre rule is still in place apart from when schools re-open,

Titanic museum
Titanic Belfast “launches” itself on August 1st

Northern Ireland

You have been able to travel anywhere within the province that you wish

Hotels can re-open from 3 July as can bars and restaurants but it is recommended to book online or via apps

Self-catering tourist accommodation can open from tomorrow, 26 June

Republic of Ireland

Hotels, restaurants, pubs and bars which serve food and provide table service can re-open from the 29th of June but pubs that don’t serve food will have to wait..

Guiness Storehouse is expected to re-open in the next few weeks

All shops on the high street and out-of-town centres are now open

Travel is permitted in the county in which a person lives and travel up to 20 km from their home. The 20km limit will be lifted on the 29th of June.

For those entering the Republic there is a 14 day quarantine in place (unless you come in from Northern Ireland) which is due to end on July 9th.

Tourist attractions such as parks, beaches, mountain walks, heritage, and cultural sites are now open


Here, you are still advised to stay local (five miles) but from 3rd of July, his will be removed allowing to go anywhere.

interior of the National Museum
National Museum in Edinburgh, hasn’t announced a re-opening date yet

You can visit zoos and gardens from 29th of June onwards providing you stay local until 3rd of July when this rule is removed.

All holiday accommodation can open from the 15th of July but from the 3rd July all accommodation which is self-contained can open.

National parks are still largely closed.

High street shops will also re-open from June 29th.

The two metre rule remains in place.

Pubs and restaurants can re-open from 15th July “but on a limited basis.” The government has yet to say what this means.

Museums, galleries, cinemas, monuments, libraries (e.g. advanced bookings for all) from 15th of July but with social distancing. Does this mean that by then the two metre rule will be relaxed in Scotland by then? An announcement is due on 2nd of July.


Like Scotland, you should stay in your local area (again defined as about five miles.)

The keep at Cardiff Castle. There is no date for its re-opening

Caravan and camping sites plus all accommodation that can be described as self-contained (has its own bathroom and kitchen) can re-open from July 6th. Hotels can also open if room service can be provided to occupied rooms so that people don’t mingle in restaurants and cafes. They will remain closed.

Holiday bookings can be taken from July 13th a strong suggestion that the Welsh government will scrap the “stay local” rule from that date or before. The two metre rule is still in place.

NB: Whilst this information is correct at 18.00 hours 24 June 2020, it may change at short notice.

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