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Latest information on COVID-19

Page updated on 15th December 2021

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New Covid-19 guidance

Due to the growing emergence of the Omicron variant, the government have announced new restrictions in England. This means that: 

• It is now required, by law, for people over 11 years old to wear face coverings on public transport (including taxis) and in most indoor public places, like shops, tourist attractions, cinemas and public areas in hotels. Face coverings are not required in hospitality venues where food and drink are consumed (like pubs and restaurants), or during exercise (like in gyms and nightclubs). However, please remember that some people are exempt from wearing a face covering in any setting.

• NHS COVID Passes (which provide proof of your vaccine status or negative COVID test) are now required as a condition of entry to nightclubs, indoor standing events with 500 or more attendees like gigs and concerts, outdoor standing events with 1,000 or more attendees such as festivals and any event with over 10,000 attendees. Other attractions and businesses may ask for proof of a negative test or vaccination status. If so, they should tell you what you’ll need to show to access the venue or event before you visit.

Head to the GOV.UK website for more information on current COVID guidance.

Escape the everyday responsibly

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We’ve put together some tips on how to look after people, businesses, animals and the environment, and take responsibility for ourselves and our surroundings when on our travels. 

  • When out and about in England, follow the countryside code – respect everyone around you, protect the environment and enjoy the great outdoors.

  • Avoid tourist hotspots where you can and check out England’s hidden gems instead.

  • Be kind to staff and locals, and support local independent businesses where you can.

  • Make sure we're keeping ourselves and others safe by washing our hands regularly, wearing face coverings in crowded, indoor spaces and respecting people’s personal space.

  • Plan and book ahead, and pre-book tickets where needed. Be sure to take a look at our guidance on holidaying in England before planning a trip, and check individual websites in advance before starting your journey.

  • Look out for the We’re Good to Go mark – it shows businesses that are operating in line with government and public health COVID guidance.

You can also find out what’s happening in cities, towns, counties and regions across England using the links in our map below.