These are the rules on traveling outside your local area and holidays after lockdown 3 is brought in across England from January

The third national lockdown for England sets out the latest rules on whether people can travel or go on holiday.

Tuesday, 5th January 2021, 12:03 pm

Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced on the evening of Monday, January 4, the country would go into even stricter measures beyond Tier 4, closing schools and non-essential businesses once again.

As part the the new rules, the Government has set out what is and isn’t allow in terms of travel, from your local area to heading abroad.

Support and childcare bubbles are still allowed, unlike the first lockdown which began last March, with the Government stressing support bubbles should be kept local.

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The Government has set out rules for travelling during the third lockdown.

Here are the rules surrounding travel and holidays for people during lockdown 3:

Can I travel within the area I live in?

The Government has said: “You must not leave, or be outside of your home except where necessary” under its rules.

Reasons which are deemed acceptable are to shop for basic necessities for yourself or a vulnerable person, exercising or to go to work, provide voluntary or charitable services.

The government has said that you can exercise in public outdoor places including; parks, beaches, countryside and playgrounds but said that you should not travel outside your local area to visit these.

Travel is also allowed to meet a support or childcare bubble, to reach medical help or to avoid injury, illness or risk harm, including domestic violence.

People can also head out to attend education or to reach childcare.

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Can I stay overnight in other areas of the UK?

People can only stay away from home in the UK if they have a legal permitted reason to leave home.

The guidance states: “This means that holidays in the UK and abroad are not allowed.

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

It adds this also includes staying with anyone who you don’t live with unless they are in your support bubble.

Circumstances were people can stay away from home include: being unable to return to your main residence; moving house, to attend a funeral or commemorative event; for work purposes or voluntary services; a child for school or care; are homeless, seeking asylum, a vulnerable person seeking refuge, or if escaping harm including domestic abuse or are an elite athlete or their support staff or parent, if the athlete is under 18 and it is necessary to be outside of the home for training or competition.

Can I go on holiday?

Holidays in the UK and abroad are not allowed and if you are already on holiday, you should return to your home as soon as practical.

Hotels, B&Bs and caravan parks may remain open for the specific reasons set out in law.

These include where guests are unable to return to their home, use that guest accommodation as their main residence, need accommodation while moving house, are self-isolating as required by law, or would otherwise be made homeless as a result of the accommodation closing.

Can I go on holiday abroad?

You can only travel internationally where you first have a legally permitted reason to leave home.

The Government says people should consider the public health advice in the country you are visiting.

If you do need to travel overseas, and are legally permitted to do so for reasons such as work, even if returning to a place you've visited before, people should look at the rules in place at the destination and the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) travel advice.

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