Coronavirus: The Latest Travel Information
Back in February, the Prime Minister revealed his much-anticipated road map that will see a gradual return to normal life – and a phased reopening of our tourism and hospitality industry.
As of Monday July 19, we are now in the final stage, Step 4, of the Government's road map. This means all of Blackpool that you know and love is back in business, including indoor and outdoor attractions, non-essential retail, show venues, hospitality and accommodation.
Legal restrictions on face coverings and social distancing have been lifted in all settings, although some businesses may opt to take a more cautious approach and keep certain measures in place to protect you and their own staff.
We understand that you might feel some anxiety now all legal restrictions have been lifted, but please be assured that you can still expect a safe and enjoyable experience here in Blackpool.
The revised Government guidance does advise wearing a face covering when coming into contact with people you don’t normally meet in enclosed and crowded spaces to protect yourself and help reduce the spread of the virus.
Hence, in some places you might be encouraged to carry on wearing a face covering in certain areas or on public transport.
For those who do not wish to wear a face covering, we kindly ask that you respect those around you and their choices. We also politely ask that you follow the individual safety guidelines set out in hospitality venues, accommodation and attractions as they might differ.
For more information, you can find out what's open in Blackpool, holiday booking tips and things to do during your time in Blackpool.
Blackpool is officially back! Happy days are finally here – and we can’t wait to share them with you.
Love, Blackpool x
Frequently asked questions
We understand you might have some questions about your upcoming trip, our scheduled events and whether you can travel here. Below, we've pulled together some frequently asked questions about the impact of coronavirus in Blackpool.
Is Blackpool open?
Yes, Blackpool's indoor and outdoor attractions, together with non-essential retail, show venues, hospitality and accommodation such as hotels, guesthouses and self-catering accommodation are open. To find out what’s open in Blackpool, please head here.
Can I travel to Blackpool?
Yes, there are there no domestic travel restrictions in place to prevent you coming to Blackpool. You can start to plan your trip using our Blackpool's Back Guide, which details opening times, booking details and holiday planning tips.
Can I stay over in Blackpool?
Yes, all our hotels, guesthouses and self-catering accommodation are open. The ‘rule of six’ in indoor settings has now come to an end under Step 4 of the Government’s road map. This means there are no restrictions on get-togethers indoors, allowing you to stay with friends and family once again.
We have a wide selection of quality establishments for you to choose from. Simply head to our Accommodation page to take a look.
When do I need to wear a face covering?
As of July 19, a face covering is no longer required in enclosed settings. However, if you are visiting any attractions, hospitality venues or staying over in a hotel or B&B, we kindly ask that you follow their individual policies on face coverings.
When visiting the resort, please feel free to continue wearing a face covering on public transport or in crowded, enclosed spaces if you feel more comfortable doing so. If you choose not to, please respect other visitors and their personal choices.
For more information on face coverings, please head to the Government website.
Do I need to wear a face covering on the trams and buses?
On Blackpool Transport buses and trams, face coverings will remain as a recommendation for travellers. The relaxation of social distancing means that capacity on buses will double in some cases, making it easier for customers to travel and use the bus in Blackpool. If a tram or bus is too busy and you do not feel comfortable boarding, don't hop on. The next tram or bus is only a few minutes away.
For more information, please head to Blackpool Transport’s website here.
Are Blackpool Illuminations on?
Blackpool Illuminations will return for its grand Switch-On on 3 September. We’re extending the season for the second consecutive year, shining every night until 3 January 2022. Make sure you sign up to the ballot for your chance to win tickets to this year’s event here.
I have a visitor query, who can I contact?
Our Tourist Information Centre is now open for any enquiries or visitor information. Head over to the Festival House located on the Promenade and say hello to our friendly team. Alternatively, you can contact the team on 01253 478222 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
I love Blackpool – how do I support the town during this period of uncertainty?
We are always blown away by the love and support our visitors have shown the resort during these unprecedented times, whether it’s adhering to the latest Government restrictions and staying away during travel bans to supporting our amazing attractions and accommodation, entertainment venues and eateries when they reopen. It’s a rollercoaster we’re all on together.
There are many exciting ways you can support the nation’s favourite beach resort. Take a look at our What’s Hot For 2021 and give yourself something to look forward to this summer. Why not book your favourite upcoming show at Blackpool Grand Theatre, Winter Gardens, Funny Girls or VIVA Blackpool?
We can’t wait to see you soon!
How to avoid catching or spreading coronavirus
- Wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds.
- Always wash your hands when you get home or into work.
- Use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze.
- Put used tissues in the bin straight away and wash your hands afterwards.
- Try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell.
- Do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean.
- Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital. You should use the NHS 111’s online coronavirus service if you need medical help. Call 111 if you need to speak to someone. Use this service if:
- You feel you cannot cope with your symptoms at home.
- Your condition gets worse.
- Your symptoms do not get better after 7 days.
- Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital. Call 111 if you need to speak to someone.
More information is available on the NHS website. If you are a Blackpool resident and require more information, please head to Blackpool Council for regular updates on coronavirus.
📷 Credit: Gregg Wolstenholme photograph