On the 22nd February 2021, the government announced a roadmap out of lockdown which included four key steps. The steps and their start dates are dependent on the continued rollout of the vaccine, reduced hospitalisations and pressure on the NHS, and assessment of risks of new variants.
The government will examine data to check the impact of the previous steps before proceeding to the next one. The proposed steps, specifically in relation to travel and tourism, are detailed below.
Until we can enjoy overnight stays, take a look at our website which is packed with inspiration on where to stay, things to see and do, places to eat and towns and villages to explore, and we will continue to share our beautiful scenes and stories with you to lift everyone's spirits!
Roadmap out of lockdown
From 8th March 2021, the official message is to "Stay at Home" still to stay at home.
In this step you are allowed to leave home for outdoor recreation, as well as exercise, with your household or support bubble. If you live alone, you can meet outside with one person from another household.
From 29th March, restrictions will be eased further. Outdoor gatherings (including in private gardens) of either six people or two households are allowed, but social distancing rules still apply.
Outdoor sports facilities like tennis courts and swimming pools can re-open.
The ‘Stay at home’ will end, but travel should be kept to a minimum and you should continue to stay local where possible.
From 12th April at the earliest, more restrictions will be lifted. From this date you are able to access indoor leisure facilities (such as gyms and indoor pools) by yourself or with your household.
Outdoor attractions such as zoos, theme parks and drive-in cinemas can re-open.
Non essential retail can re-open (e.g. clothes, books, homeware and department stores).
Eat and drink at hospitality venues can re-open with outdoor-only table service.
Domestic holidays and trips can re-commence in self-contained, self-catered accommodation (such as holiday cottages, glamping sites and lodges) – with members of your household only.
No earlier than 17th May, indoor entertainment and attractions, such as cinemas, museums and galleries, can re-open.
Indoor hospitality, such as restaurants, pubs and bars can re-open, operating with table service only.
30 people from multiple households can meet outdoors, while six people (or two households) will be able to meet indoors, including in private homes. Gatherings of over 30 people remain illegal.
All other accommodations, such as hotels, hostels, B&Bs and campsites with shared facilities can reopen for domestic trips and holidays.
Large performances (such as theatre shows and concerts) and sporting events can begin to take place indoors, with a capacity of up to 1,000 people (or half-full, whichever is lower), and at outdoor venues with a capacity of up to 4,000 (or half-full, whichever is lower). In the largest outdoor venues, up to 10,000 people (or a quarter of the venue’s capacity, whichever is lower) can attend, if crowds can be spread out.
No earlier than 21st June, all legal limits on social contact will stop – outdoors, in private homes and in public indoor settings, such as restaurants.
Remaining venues and businesses, such as nightclubs, can reopen and restrictions on large events and performances such as theatre shows can be lifted.
For more information on the current COVID restrictions, go to the GOV.UK website for more information on the current COVID restrictions and the roadmap out of lockdown.
Before you travel, know before you go!
When out and about, we need to remember to look after ourselves, one another and the environment around us. So to make sure we’re all doing our bit to tread lightly and travel responsibly, we’ve put together a few simple steps to help you enjoy your holidays and days out as safely as possible.
- We are all in this together! Please respect our local communities by taking note of the advice below, not only will your visit be a great one, you will also be reassuring the people who live and work here that you care about the Suffolk coast as much as we all do! Thank you!
- Don't get caught short! When planning your trip, check that important facilities like toilets and car parks are open before you travel. Check out our handy Towns and Villages section for useful travel information, where to park and how to find other public facilities such as toilets and baby changing. All public toilets along the Suffolk coast are open BUT PLEASE NOTE there are no toilet facilities at Kessingland, Covehithe, Dunwich and Shingle Street beaches.
- Avoid the crowds and get off the beaten track! Some places may be extremely popular, so get off the beaten track and discover hidden gems along the Suffolk coast. Please use your common sense when visiting - rural locations will not have parking, toilets and rubbish bins and they may be overcrowded. Being able to socially distance is the key to visiting responsibly, if you arrive and there are loads of cars parked on the road and lots of other people there, turn around and visit somewhere else which is less busy or which has the facilities to ensure your visit is as safe as possible. Make sure wherever you go you follow the Countryside Code.
- Be part of the solution not the pollution! Respect, protect, enjoy! Don't toss your rubbish about all over the place - take it away with you - the only thing you should leave behind are your footprints!
- Planning to stay overnight? If you are planning to stay in a cottage, hotel, B&B, campsite or any other type of accommodation, please check what you need to know before you go. Book in advance, get familiar with the establishment's new guidelines and procedures that have been put in place to keep you as safe as possible during your stay. Look out for the 'We're Good to Go' industry standard when choosing accommodation. Take a look at our Places to Stay section to plan your break.
- Planning to visit an attraction? If you are planning to visit an attraction, please check what you need to know before you go. You may need to pre-book a time slot, there may be restrictions and in some cases the attraction may not be open. The best thing to do is check online or get in touch with the attraction before you set out to avoid disappointment. You can find a fab list of attractions on The Suffolk Coast along with their contact information in our Things to Do Section.
- Planning to eat and drink out? If you are planning on dining out, visiting a pub or other food & drink establishment, please check what you need to know before you go. You may need to book in advance, there may be restrictions on when you can go and in some cases the establishment may not be open. The best thing to do is check online or get in touch with the establishment before you set out to avoid disappointment. You can find a lovely list of places to eat and drink on the Suffolk coast, along with their contact information in our Food and Drink section.
- Remember social distancing - we are all in this together! Keep two metres apart from anyone outside your household or bubble – this not only applies to outdoor activities such as walking, running, cycling, sitting and sunbathing but to visiting restaurants, cafes, pubs, attractions, hotels, campsites and other accommodation providers.
- Keep an eye on the kids - if visiting with children, please make sure they also practice social distancing - easier said than done we know but so important!
- Other useful tips to make your visit a success! - make sure you have a bank card; many businesses are currently only accepting cashless payments and you don’t want to miss out on that ice cream! Take hand sanitiser with you, you don’t know where will be open for you to wash your hands. Leave the car behind where possible and visit nearby attractions by walking or cycling.
- Look out for the ‘We’re Good to Go’ logo - Look for the VisitEngland Covid-19 accreditation scheme logo across the website. The scheme means businesses can demonstrate that they are adhering to the respective Government and public health guidance, have carried out a COVID-19 risk assessment and checked that they have the required processes in place. You can find out more here: www.visitbritain.com/gb/en/know-before-you-go-uk
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