In these unusual times that we now find ourselves, the desire and urgency for clarity are undeniable. London’s rate of coronavirus infection has fallen to less than 24 cases a day, the lowest in the UK. While the government continues to monitor ‘R’ (rate of infection), the messaging has changed to ‘stay alert, control the virus, save lives’ as we enter the second phase of lockdown.
With the hospitality sector due to reopen in July (if all goes well), we want to keep you in the loop with all the latest updates and emerging information.
As lockdown begins to ease, what can I do that I couldn’t do before?
Following the UK government advice, you can now:
- Spend time outdoors – for example sitting and enjoying the fresh air, picnicking, or sunbathing
- Meet one other person from a different household outdoors – following social distancing guidelines
- Exercise outdoors as often as you wish – following social distancing guidelines
- Use outdoor sports courts or facilities, such as a tennis or basketball court, or golf course – with members of your household, or one other person while staying 2 metres apart
- Go to a garden centre
Can I still visit London?
The UK is still open to visitors. However, the UK government has advised against all inessential travel and instructed that UK citizens stay alert and continue to remain at home as much as possible. If you must make an essential journey, it’s advised that you walk, cycle or drive where possible. If you can, wear a face-covering in an enclosed space (public transport and some shops) where social distancing isn’t possible.
The government have said: “Day trips to outdoor open space, in a private vehicle, are permitted. You should practise social distancing from other people outside your household. Leaving your home – the place you live – to stay at another home for a holiday or other purpose is not allowed. This includes visiting second homes. Premises such as hotels and bed and breakfasts will remain closed, except where providing accommodation for specific reasons set out in law, such as for critical workers where required for a reason relating to their work.”
In regards to international travel, people entering the UK will have to supply contact details and details of their accommodation and will be asked to self-isolate in their accommodation for 14 days.
London attractions and events
Many events have been postponed or cancelled. Attractions, restaurants, pubs, shops, theatres, public spaces and other London venues have temporarily closed as a result of government advice.
The government’s current planning assumption is that this step of reopening public places will be no earlier than 4 July. Further detailed scientific advice will be provided closer to the time, on how far we can go.
How can I stay busy during the lockdown?
We know it’s not ideal, but from our sofas, there are plenty of ways to feel connected even in isolation. Check out our blog with our favourite lockdown events that include pub quizzes, musical events, live cooking lessons and more.
Our promise to you
Our first priority is always the safety and well-being of our guests and employees. We are doing everything we can to ensure your travel safety and provide maximum flexibility as the situation around COVID-19 continues.
- We have increased the frequency of our cleaning and hygiene regimes, with a focus on disinfecting public areas and wiping down door handles, desks, and all surfaces every 30 minutes
- Our linens are washed at high temperatures
- Staff undergo temperature checks and continue to follow advice from the government and NHS
Till we meet again, stay safe friends.
Stay up to date with Coronavirus updates:
- For health information and advice please follow the NHS.
- Learn about the government response to coronavirus on GOV.UK.
- Keep up with the latest on BBC News.