Day trippers in England can go as far as they want – but DON’T visit Scotland or Wales, govt warns

DAY trippers can travel as far as they want in England from Wednesday – so long as they don't stray into Scotland or Wales.

The government has revealed that there will no longer be any restrictions on distance when it comes to organising a day out, meaning beach visits and even mountain-hiking is now allowed.

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The new restrictions allow Brits to drive to open spaces as far as they like, as long as they abide by social distancing regulations, according to new information from the government.

According to the government: "People may drive to outdoor open spaces irrespective of distance, so long as they respect social distancing guidance while they are there, because this does not involve contact with people outside your household."

However, the new measures are only in place for England – with separate guidelines needing to be followed for other regions of the UK here stricter lockdown measures are still in place.

The document adds: "When travelling to outdoor spaces, it is important that people respect the rules in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland and do not travel to different parts of the UK where it would be inconsistent with guidance or regulations issued by the relevant devolved administration."

This means a trip to Snowdonia or to the Highlands is off the cards for now.

There are also unlikely to be any visits to theme parks in the near future, because of the high risk of transmitting infections.

The new government guidelines read: "You will still not be able to use areas like playgrounds, outdoor gyms or ticketed outdoor leisure venues, where there is a higher risk of close contact and touching surfaces."

But is great news for families who do not live near parks or open spaces.

Brits will also be able to enjoy picnics on the beach and in parks as long as they follow social distancing guidelines.

People are under strict instructions to return to their home before the end of the day though.

A No.10 spokesperson said: "The rules allow for you to make visits to enjoy parks or the sort of leisure spaces, but you can’t stay overnight."

Staying at holiday homes is also forbidden still under the new government guidelines.

The Welsh Government has warned that people in England will not be allowed to travel to Wales for exercise, adding that those who cross the border to do so could face police fines.

Counsel General and Assembly Member Jeremy Miles told BBC Wales: "I want to be really clear about this. The position in Wales is very different from the position in England in relation to that.

“Our regulations do not permit people to get in their cars and drive to destinations in Wales and this includes people getting in their cars in England. We are not permitting that in Wales.”

Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon also told her nation yesterday: “My ask of you is to continue to stay at home.

“We must solidify our progress, not squander it or send mixed messages."

Mr Johnson's new rules were also blasted by the Northern Irish First Minister Arlene Foster.

She said: "On the whole, the message is to stay at home.

“We will say we are not deviating from the message at this time."

Travelling across the UK may be the only holiday option for Brits this summer.

We've rounded up some of the most beautiful campsite locations in Britain.

It is worth noting, however, that they currently remain shut and won't open until July or August.


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