Hotels, B&Bs, caravan parks, campsites and any other locations where you could stay overnight outside of your own home will able to reopen from July 4 according to Prime Minister Boris Johnson. Several Travelodge hotels have been open throughout lockdown for key workers only, but now the outlets may soon reopen to the public. But when exactly is Travelodge reopening in the UK?
Hotels across Britain will be allowed to open from July 4 according to an announcement made by the Government on Tuesday.
Mr Johnson said: “From July 4, provided that no more than two households stay together, people will be free to stay overnight in self-contained accommodation, including hotels and bed & breakfasts, as well as campsites as long as shared facilities are kept clean.”
The PM also said the two metre rule is due to be relaxed to “one metre plus” where two metres is not possible from July 4.
He said: “Mr Speaker, given the significant fall in the prevalence of the virus, we can change the two-metre social distancing rule, from July 4.
“I know this rule effectively makes life impossible for large parts of our economy, even without other restrictions.
“For example, it prevents all but a fraction of our hospitality industry from operating.”
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Selected hotels listed below are currently open for key workers including NHS staff and selected groups identified by the Government.
These Travelodge hotels which are already open are:
- Aberdeen Central
- Ashton Under Lyne
- Bicester Cherwell Valley M40
- Birmingham Central Newhall Street
- Birmingham Maypole
- Birmingham Oldbury
- Birmingham Yardley
- Bracknell Central
- Bristol Filton
- Cambridge Central
- Cardiff Central
- Chichester Central
- Edinburgh Central
- Glasgow Govan
- High Wycombe Central
- Leeds Central Vicar Lane
- Leicester Central
- Liverpool Stoneycroft
- London Beckton
- London Covent GardenLondon Central Kings Cross
- London Central Waterloo
- London City
- London Dagenham
- London Excel
- London Hackney
- London Ilford
- London Romford
- London Romford Quadrant
- Maidstone Central
- Manchester Upper Brook Street Mansfield
- Margate Westwood
- Milton Keynes Central
- Newcastle Quayside
- Northampton Central
- Nottingham Riverside
- Oxford Abingdon Road
- Peterborough Central
- Plymouth Derriford
- Ramsgate Seafront
- Shrewsbury Battlefield
- Thurrock Lakeside
- Watford Central.
Following the announcement on June 24, Travelodge issued the following statement which reads: “The UK Government has announced that hotels in England can reopen from 4th July, so we’ll be starting a phased reopening of our hotels in England for all customers from this date.
“Hotels in Wales and Scotland remain temporarily closed for customers until mid-July in line with the instructions from the Scottish Government and Welsh Assembly.
“We will be contacting customers with affected bookings by email. Thank you for your patience and understanding.
“We will of course start a phased reopening of our hotels in these countries as soon as we are able to do so.”
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All bookings at Travelodge hotels for anyone other than key workers up to July 3 have been cancelled.
The hotel operator has said it has contacted all customers by email with books affected by our hotel closures during this period.
If you have not received an email, Travelodge has said bookings up to and including July 3 have been cancelled and a refund should be issued within 14 days.
For those with existing bookings for stays on or after July 4, Travelodge said: “If you have a future booking in a hotel that will not be reopening in time for your stay, we will email you in advance of your stay date to let you know and refund your booking.
“We will also share details of which hotels are open should you wish to rebook at a different hotel.
“We will be working through affected bookings systematically on a day by day basis, and we will be in touch if your booking is affected.”
In regards to new books from July 4, two types of bookings will be possible: flexible rate bookings nd saver rate bookings.
Flexible rate bookings offers the most freedom to change bookings and it means you can cancel up to 12pm on the date of arrival and receive a refund.
Saver rate bookings are non-refundable but can be amended allowing you to change your arrival date.
Amendments must take place prior to 12pm on the original day of arrival.
The hotel operator has implemented several measures to keep staff, guests and their families safe.
Travelodge has devised TravelodgeProtect+ which is a programme of cleaning and social-distancing measures.
The measures include:
- Cleaning using antiviral disinfectant effective against COVID-19
- Increased cleaning frequency of high-touch points in public areas and bedrooms
- Additional post clean room checks with digital tracking in place to ensure consistently high standards
- All linen and towels thermally disinfected
- Customer hand sanitiser stations in key locations
- Comprehensive training of every hotel team member on cleaning, hygiene and social distancing
- Social distancing measures in place throughout the hotel
- Reception distancing floor signage and protective screens at check-in
- PPE for all hotel team members
- Housekeeping teams will not enter bedrooms during your stay
- Contactless payment available
- Contact-free check out.
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