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Northern Ireland holiday parks and retail open from 30 April

Northern Ireland is opening self-contained tourist accommodation from 30 April, but with no household mixing or shared facilities.  All retail will also open, as will outdoor hospitality for six people from two households.  There will be no curfew on takeaways and while gyms, swimming pools and indoor exercise facilities can open, it will be for...

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New Countryside Code as lockdown eases

A new, refreshed Countryside Code has been launched by Natural England and Natural Resources Wales, coinciding with the 70th anniversary of the creation of the founding booklet. With more people enjoying the outdoors than ever before, the code has been revised to help people enjoy countryside in a safe and respectful way. This update –...

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Travel to be allowed to Wales from 12 April

Self-contained tourist accommodation – including many holiday parks in Wales – reopened on 27 March.  Following the relaxation of travel rules within the nation’s borders just before the Easter holidays, travel between Wales and the rest of the UK and Ireland will now be allowed from 12 April.  NB this is dependent on what the...

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PM’s statement confirms step 2 of roadmap starts on 12 April

In his statement on 5 April, the Prime Minister confirmed that from Monday 12 April, England will move to step 2 of its roadmap. You can see the updates to guidance on (COVID-19) Coronavirus restrictions: what you can and cannot do (England) here. COVID-19 restrictions that will be eased from 12 April include: Self-contained accommodation...

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Increased Test and Trace requirements from 29 March

The Test And Trace guidance has been changed to state that from 29 March 2021, every customer or visitor should be asked to scan the NHS QR code or provide their name and contact details, not just a lead member. This requirement applies to: Hospitality, including pubs, bars, restaurants and cafés Tourism and leisure, including parks, cinemas...

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Filing extensions end on 5 April

Companies House is warning businesses that the automatic filing extensions that were introduced last year with regard to the following activities come to an end on 5 April 2021: Accounts Confirmation statements Event-driven filings Mortgage charges. However, for accounts filing deadlines that fall after 5 April, companies can still apply for a 3-month extension.  Read more...

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Clarity for parks on Step 2 of the reopening roadmap

The UK Government has published the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (Steps) (England) Regulations 2021 in relation to the roadmap steps. Along with this, DCMS has shared some clarity on guidance on the reopening of accommodation and facilities in England. From Step 2, no earlier than 12 April, separate and self-contained accommodation will be open for...

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Wales Tourism Recovery Plan – Let’s Shape the Future

Wales Tourism Recovery Plan – Let’s Shape the Future

The Welsh Government has published an outline Tourism Recovery Plan for the tourism industry in Wales. Developed in consultation with the Tourism Taskforce, the plan includes a shared partnership framework of essential themes around which interventions will be built to support businesses through short to medium-term recovery. The 8 essential themes include: Supporting business Valuing...

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VisitScotland launches responsible tourism campaign

VisitScotland has today (22 March) announced a responsible tourism campaign to raise awareness of the importance of exploring the outdoors responsibly with the focus on asking people to leave no trace of their visit and protect Scotland’s stunning countryside.  The £124,000 campaign, which looks to counteract some of the issues seen as a result of...