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When can you visit second homes?

Daily Express logo Daily Express 3 days ago Katie Sewell

The Prime Minister announced his long-awaited roadmap on Monday, outlining how England will finally start to leave lockdown restrictions behind. provided updates on how restrictions on travel, businesses and socialising may finally ease. Many people who own a second home may have been wondering how the new lockdown guidance will affect them over the coming months, but the Government has now provided a rough date on when visits may be possible again.

When can you visit second homes?

Currently, the rules surrounding non-essential travel still apply in England.

This means people cannot currently visit their second homes unless they have a "reasonable excuse" for doing so.

The Government guidance for the current lockdown states: "You cannot leave your home or the place where you are living for holidays or overnight stays unless you have a reasonable excuse for doing so.

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"This means that holidays in the UK and abroad are not allowed.

"This includes staying in a second home, caravan or boat, if that is not your primary residence.

"This also includes staying with anyone who you don't live with unless they're in your support bubble."

The rules regarding visits to second homes is unlikely to change for several weeks.

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People living in England are unlikely to be able to visit their second homes until at least April 12.

The roadmap explains April 12 could mark the reopening of self-contained accommodation if the data allows it.

On this date, campsites, cottage rentals and Airbnbs might be permitted to reopen.

If the Government relaxes restrictions on this date, 'staycations' may once again be allowed within the UK.


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So possibly, people will also be allowed to visit their second homes if they have one.

The issue of visiting second homes abroad is more complicated, as currently, the Government has released very little information about international travel going forward this year.

The Government said a decision on easing international travel would not happen until at least mid-May, at the earliest.

At the moment, the rules remain that people can only travel abroad if they have a legally permitted reason.

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What are the key dates on the Government roadmap?

Boris Johnson announced England's roadmap out of lockdown is based on "data, not dates".

However, the Prime Minister did give a rough idea of when certain sectors of society might be allowed to reopen over the coming months.

From March 8

  • One person will be allowed to meet outside to socialise with another person outside their household
  • Schools and colleges will be allowed to reopen
  • Care home residents are allowed one regular visitor

From March 29

  • Rule of six will be reintroduced for people to meet outside again
  • Outdoor sports facilities will be allowed to reopen

From April 12

  • Non-essential shops can reopen
  • Restaurants and pubs can serve customers in outdoor settings
  • Gyms and spas can reopen
  • Hairdressers and other personal care services can open
  • Holidays within the UK permitted
  • Zoos, theme parks and drive-in cinemas can reopen
  • Weddings with up to 15 guests can take place

From May 17

  • People can meet in groups of 30 outdoors
  • Six people or two households can meet in indoor settings
  • Hospitality businesses can seat people indoors
  • 30 people can meet for weddings or life events
  • Indoor cinemas, museums and theatres can reopen
  • Some performances and large events can go ahead
  • Hotels and accommodation businesses can reopen
  • International holidays may be able to resume

No earlier than June 21, all legal limits may be removed for social contact.

Nightclubs and other closed businesses may also be able to reopen.


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