Coronavirus worldwide outbreak
03 June 2020
THERE ARE SOME SPECIAL CONSIDERATIONS due to the threat of cancellation because of the Coronavirus worldwide outbreak. The new rules have now been confirmed.
Under the new rules, most arrivals to the UK will have to fill out a "contact locator form" with details of where they will isolate for two weeks and how they can be contacted. Anyone failing to remain in isolation will face a £1,000 fixed penalty in England, with prosecution and an unlimited fine potentially to follow, the Home Office said. Failure to fill in the form can also be punished with a £100 fine. Border Force can refuse entry to non-residents who do not comply, and the Home Office also said that deportation would be considered "as a last resort" for foreign nationals who fail to isolate. Passengers arriving in the UK by plane, ferry or train - including UK nationals - will have to provide an address where they will remain for 14 days. There is a £100 penalty for anyone found to have not filled in the contact locator form. Surprise visits will be used to check they are following the rules. Those in England could be fined up to £1,000 if they fail to self-isolate, while governments in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland can also impose penalties. Passengers will be asked to drive in their own car to their destination, where possible. If they do not provide an address, the government will arrange accommodation. They must then not go to work, school, or public areas, or use public transport or taxis. They should also not have any visitors unless they are providing essential support, and should not go out to buy food or other essentials where they can rely on others. Remember better to be safe and NOT come until 2021.
Hotels & Bed & Breakfasts have started to take bookings. Some Cafes and Pubs are opening with distancing restrictions. There are some towns and areas of Britain where travel restrictions are mandatory. Restrictions may come into force at a moments notice if dictated by National Governments. Currently these are Manchester and Leicester.
NO NEW bookings will be confirmed or deposits taken before September 1st (though I am happy to discuss later bookings). I am being cautious on when it is safe to assume that all services I use (accommodations, taxis and rail transfer) can be provided without a cancellation at a later date.
If you have a booking in September you MUST check with your airline regularly and keep me informed as soon as you can.
If you want to make a booking you must have a trip cancellation insurance policy OR fully accept that deposit and final payments already made are non-refundable. Your trip insurance should cover you if you request a change to your dates after confirmation (some airlines have already started cancelling or bumping to a different date after booking) or cancel due to any circumstances. When I start reserving rooms and booking taxis and luggage transfer for your tour I will have a contract with them to provide the service for you.