By Tony Flanagan on 23rd Feb 2021
3 minute read
Boris declares "The end really is in sight".
23 February 2021
Yesterday, Boris Johnson announced his long-awaited roadmap for easing us all out of a third Covid-19 lockdown and declaring: "The end really is in sight."
Here is a recap of the main points:
• 12 April at the earliest: Non-essential retail, hairdressers, nail salons, gyms and outdoor areas in hospitality venues (such as beer gardens) set to reopen - along with libraries, museums, zoos and theme parks. Self-contained accommodation will reopen, but people will only be able to stay with members of their household
• 17 May at the earliest: Pubs, restaurants, cinemas, hotels, B&Bs and children's play areas set to open their doors once more, with crowds of up to 10,000 allowed at performances and sporting events. Most rules on social contact outdoors will be lifted, while two households or groups of up to six people will be allowed to mix indoors. Up to 30 people will be allowed at weddings, funerals, wakes, receptions and christenings
• 21 June at the earliest: All legal limits on social contact set to be removed, with the remaining sectors of the economy reopened.
SO WHAT DOES THIS MEAN FOR YOUR TRAVEL PLANS?
Tours up to 16th May 2021
We have already been liaising with our clients but any remaining tours booked with us to depart before the 17th May, one of our team will be in touch to discuss your options.
For Tours departing on or after 17th May 2021
It is looking more and more hopeful that many of these tours will be able to go ahead as planned. Again our team will keep you updated as soon as we have more information.
For Tours departing on or after 21st June
Based on Boris' Road map - all being well, these tours will be able to take place without most social distancing restrictions.
Hopefully combined with the Covid-19 vaccine roll out, this will provide additional confidence for your impending travel plans.
In terms of planning future tours, whether it be for later this year or into 2022, our strategy of ‘better have it in place and not need it than to need it and not have it’ has never been more applicable.
So if you haven’t put your plans in place, it’s vital that you liaise with us as a priority or your requirements simply won’t be available.
Once again, let me thank you for your loyalty to us, your business and our honest partnership and let's do all we can to assist with the successful recovery for our wonderful industry.
Tony Flanagan, General Manager
Your questions answered:-
If my tour is postponed or unable to operate, can I claim a refund?
In the event that your tour is postponed or we are unable to operate it, and you do not wish to transfer your booking, you will be issued with a refund credit, details of which will be advised in due course. However, should your tour have a ‘flicker of hope’ of operating, we are obliged to adhere to our terms and conditions of booking.
Will I be charged if I choose to cancel my booking?
You may cancel your booking any time before departure, although you will incur charges depending on how far in advance you cancel. For full details please refer to our terms and conditions of booking: https://www.successtours.com/booking-terms-conditions