Local NHS organisations are urging people to stay alert during the summer season and to follow national guidance if going away on holiday or visiting attractions within England.
We are now well into the summer season and the school holidays are upon us. Many people will be thinking about how to enjoy the summer safely with family and friends.
Due to the easing of lockdown restrictions, people are now allowed to spend the night away from home. This includes second homes, self-contained holiday accommodation, hotels, bed and breakfasts, caravan parks and campsites.
As two households of any size can now meet up indoors, this could include shared holiday accommodation such as a cottage or apartment. However, unless the households are part of the same support bubble, social distancing should still be adhered to.
Dr David Spraggett, Chair at NHS South Warwickshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) said: “The easing of lockdown has meant that many attractions and holiday destinations are reopening. If you are planning to go on holiday within England or making day trips including to beauty spots, beaches, theme parks, museums and galleries, please stick to the current national guidance.
“Holidaymakers are urged to be extra vigilant about hygiene, such as washing hands and surfaces and only using shared facilities like bathrooms when absolutely necessary.”
To make sure they are safe for visitors, holiday accommodation venues have been asked to take several precautions when reopening. These include encouraging the use of face coverings in corridors, using the stairs instead of lifts, and effective social distancing among staff and guests.
Guests should also refrain from sharing private swimming pools, paddling pools or garden equipment with anyone outside their household or support bubble.
Dr Imogen Staveley, Deputy Chair at NHS Warwickshire North CCG said: “It’s still very important to stay alert and maintain social distancing. This means staying two metres apart from others, or where this is not possible, at least one metre plus, and other measures to reduce the risk of spreading the virus – like wearing face coverings or passing back-to-back.
“Also continue to keep washing your hands frequently – preferably with soap and water, or hand sanitiser if unavailable. You should avoid using public transport where possible, and you must wear a face covering if you do travel by bus or train.
Dr Sarah Raistrick, Chair at NHS Coventry and Rugby CCG said: “If you display any signs of coronavirus – a fever, a continuous cough, a loss or change to your sense of smell and taste – you must not go to your holiday destination or visit any tourist attractions. You must stay at home, self-isolate and book a test online or by calling 119.”
When going out about in the summer, it is a good idea to plan ahead. Many attractions need you to book in advance, opening times may vary, toilets may not be open, and queues may be longer. It is important to avoid large crowds where it may not be possible to socially distance.
The NHS is still here for you. For non-emergency health concerns, you should get in touch with your GP or contact NHS 111 online or by phone. You can visit your pharmacist for minor illnesses – but do not visit them if you have coronavirus symptoms. For coronavirus symptoms please contact NHS111. If it is a life-threatening emergency, please call 999.
More information on visiting public places can be found here: