As expected, additional Guidance was published by the Government of both England and Wales yesterday evening. This new Guidance comes into effect at 6pm FRIDAY 4th DECEMBER 2020.
Please see guidance here: https://gov.wales/coronavirus-regulations-4-december-frequently-asked-questions#section-56994
I do not live in Wales, can I travel to Wales for a holiday or to visit family and friends?
Travel in to Wales from tier three areas in England, level three and four areas in Scotland and from Northern Ireland is not allowed at present, without a reasonable excuse, for example travelling for work purposes. Visiting family and friends (other than as part of an extended household) or having a holiday is not currently considered a reasonable excuse, although we hope to be able to welcome you in the not too distant future.
Visitors from other parts of the UK are not prohibited in law from entering Wales. But as coronavirus cases are high in Wales, we encourage everyone to think carefully about our own lives and what changes we can make to reduce our risk. This includes thinking carefully about travelling. The virus thrives wherever and whenever we are in close contact with others.
In particular, we strongly advise that people living in tier two areas in England or areas in Scotland in level two do not travel to Wales because of the wider risk of catching and spreading the virus to areas of lower risk.
I do not live in Wales. Can I travel to Wales to secure my boat, caravan or holiday home for winter?
Under the rules in Wales, a boat, caravan or holiday home owner from elsewhere in the UK may return to collect their belongings and secure their boat, caravan or holiday home for winter, even if they live in a tier three area in England, a level three or four area in Scotland or in Northern Ireland.
If you live in one of the above areas, you should agree a time and date to visit the site. Whilst on site you should continue to observe social distancing measures. You are not permitted to stay overnight while these travel restrictions are in operation.
You will also need to check that what you are planning to do is allowed under the rules where you live, which the Welsh Government cannot advise you on.
I live in Wales, can I go on holiday in Wales ?
You are allowed to go on holiday within Wales if you live here. People living in Wales cannot travel to areas of high prevalence within the UK (including tier three areas in England, areas of Scotland in level three or above and Northern Ireland) for a holiday.
You must follow any legal restrictions in place in other parts of the UK when considering travelling. We also strongly advise that people living in Wales do not travel to tier two areas in England or level two areas in Scotland because of the risk of spreading the virus in those areas of lower risk.
Between Wednesday 23 December and Sunday 27 December, there will be some temporary relaxations on social mixing and travel within the UK. This will allow people from three households to form an exclusive Christmas bubble and travel anywhere within the UK.
For more information on the rules in place over the festive period, please see the Welsh government Christmas guidance: https://gov.wales/making-christmas-bubble-friends-and-family
Who can I stay with in holiday accommodation such as hotels, tents, caravans or self-catering accommodation?
You will only be able to share holiday accommodation with the people you live with (or anyone who is there to provide care or assistance to a vulnerable person). This helps to reduce the risk of coronavirus being transmitted significantly, as sleeping in close proximity to other people carries a high risk of transmission due to the length of time you spend near each other.
See link here:- https://www.gov.uk/guidance/working-safely-during-coronavirus-covid-19/hotels-and-other-guest-accommodation
Travel and Overnight Trips
There are no restrictions on travel, though people are encouraged to walk or cycle where possible and to avoid sharing a car with those outside their own household or support bubble.
Travel and Overnight Trips
Residents are able to travel within their local area and stay overnight in hotels and other holiday accommodation, but should only do so with members of their own household/support bubble.
Residents can leave tier 2 areas to go on holiday in tier 1 or other tier 2 areas within their own household/support bubbles, though are encouraged to reduce the number of journeys they make where possible. If you live in a tier 2 area, you must continue to follow tier 2 rules when you travel to a tier 1 area.
People can travel to a tier 2 area to maintain assets including second homes, caravans and boats.
We advise people to avoid travelling to any part of the country subject to tier 3.
Travel and Overnight Trips
Residents should avoid travelling or making overnight stays outside their local area, unless necessary for activity such as work, education or youth services, for maintaining assets such as second homes, caravans and boats or to meet caring responsibilities. If an overnight stay is essential, people must only do so within their own household/support bubble.
You will also need to consider the rules in place wherever you are visiting.
To summarise, our interpretation of the Guidance is that if you live in a:
- Tier 3 in England or a level three or four area in Scotland or in Northern Ireland area you may travel to your caravan for the day to prepare it for Winter but you may not stay overnight.
- Tier 1 or 2 area in England, level 0,1 or 2 in Scotland or in Wales you can travel to and take a holiday in Wales. However, the Governments strongly advise people living in tier two areas in England or areas in Scotland in level two not to travel to Wales because of the wider risk of catching and spreading the virus to areas of lower risk.
We encourage everyone to think carefully about all our lives and to think carefully about travelling.
The virus thrives wherever and whenever we are in close contact with others.
Closing Dates of our Parks:-
Castle View, Harlech – Saturday 2nd January
Green Meadow, Clarach – Monday 30th November
Gwernydd Hall, Berriew – Sunday 3rd January
Gwynedd, Tywyn – Sunday 13th December
Glan Y Don, Tywyn – Sunday 13th December
Llandanwg, Harlech – Saturday 2nd January
Min Y Don, Harlech – Saturday 2nd January
Morben Isaf, Machynlleth – 5pm Sunday 13th December
Seven Oaks, Shrewsbury – Sunday 10th January