Reopening of tourism and attractions from 4 July

Here are more details of how you can safely visit tourist attractions and book a holiday in England, following the announcement on 24 June of the reopening of visitor attractions from 4 July.

  • A new Visit England standard will ensure hotels, other accommodation providers and attractions are compliant with government regulations and guidance
  • Timed tickets, cashless payments and social distancing to be in use for indoor and outdoor attractions

The Government guidance, published yesterday outlines the processes and facilities that businesses must put in place before reopening on July 4 so that both staff and visitors can be kept safe.

As long as the guidance is followed, hotels and accommodation providers – such as campsites, caravan parks and short term lets – as well as indoor and outdoor visitor attractions can open from 4 July 2020.

These measures should be put in place:

  • Hotels and accommodation providers to introduce deep cleaning regimes between guests.
  • Meal services including breakfasts will be pre-booked and timed.
  • Timed tickets will be introduced for exhibitions, theme parks, galleries and attractions to reduce the number of visitors in locations at the same time.
  • One way systems, clear floor markings and a queue management system should be in place to maintain social distancing measures at all attractions and help to limit contact between both staff and visitors.
  • Organisations will also encourage cashless payments throughout to avoid cross contamination.
  • In addition, visitor attractions will be instructed to introduce regular deep cleaning regimes across their site and some interactive displays will be temporarily closed.

A new industry standard will also be introduced by Visit England for hotels, accommodation providers and visitor attractions to reassure the public that businesses are adhering to government guidance. This will act as a marker to visitors that a venue is practising social distancing, maintaining cleaning routines and has undertaken a thorough risk assessment to protect customers when on site.

This guidance is for England only.  Northern Ireland plans to open holiday accommodation on 26 June, in Scotland it is expected to be 15 July and early July in Wales.

Read the guidance in full