Today marks a significant milestone in the hospitality industry’s recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic. Under Government restrictions, hotels in the UK have been closed to all guests – except key workers and for essential reasons – since the start of the year.
From today, May 17, hotels, hostels and B&Bs can re-open their doors to leisure guests.
However, a few rules apply.
Only two households can stay together with no limits on the number of people, or a total of six people from different households.
The restrictions on the number of people that can stay in hotels are expected to be lifted from June 21.
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A total of 130 Hilton hotels will be welcoming back their leisure guests today for the first time in months.
The hotel group has seen a huge rise in stay searches for some popular UK summer destinations like Brighton, Edinburgh, Bournemouth or Bath.
London is apparently, another destination on the rise.
Hilton has also seen searches for staycations in London increase by 20 percent week-on-week, as a lot of travellers are looking to book weekends away in the capital.
Hilton has introduced new cleaning and safety measures in order to make the hotels as safe as possible.
The chain’s new standards include a Hilton CleanStay Room Seal to indicate that a room has not been accessed since being thoroughly cleaned and disinfected.
The hotel will also increase the frequency of cleaning of all public areas, and flexible housekeeping options.
Celebrating its reopening, Hilton is also launching two new properties in Wales and London this week.
Hilton Garden Inn Snowdonia is the first internationally branded hotel in North Wales and located by the world’s first inland surf lagoon, it will open its doors on May 18.
The Westminster London, Curio Collection by Hilton, will open on May 17.
Stephen Cassidy, Managing Director of Hilton UK & Ireland, said: “We are delighted to be welcoming back leisure guests to our properties in England, after what has been the toughest year in the hospitality industry’s history.
“This is a crucial step to kickstarting tourism activities in the UK, as well as a meaningful recovery for the sector.
“With pent-up demand for a safe summer of travel, we are excited to be able to welcome British holidaymakers back to Hilton hotels once again, offering best-in-class hospitality, cleanliness and booking flexibility.”
As well as hotels, indoor pubs and restaurants are also reopening in the UK today.
However, a few rules still apply.
Indoor diners will be limited to groups of six or two households.
Although children under the age of 11 are not counted in the number.
Customers must wear face coverings when not seated at their table.
It will also be essential for all customers over the age of 16 to check in with NHS Track and Trace when entering the venue.
Capacity will also be limited indoors to accommodate social distancing requirements.