Coronavirus: The Latest Travel Information
You can once again ride a rollercoaster, experience some animal magic at the zoo, go to the top of The Tower or simply enjoy the wide open spaces on our promenade and beautiful beaches (oh, and do watch out for the dolphins that have been swimming in the sea while you have been away!).
All the joy and freedom of a trip to the seaside is just around the corner – and we cannot wait to see you!
Have you seen our Know Before You Go guide?
If you're thinking of taking a Blackpool staycation this year, we have gathered all the information you need to help you make the most of your visit and to ensure it's a safe visit. You can view this in our brand new Know Before You Go guide. Keep checking back too as it will be updated regularly.
Updated Government guidance
In a televised address to the nation on the 22 September, the Prime Minister announced further national measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19. If you have a trip to Blackpool planned, or you are considering a staycation here, please familiarise yourself with the new restrictions.
- Customers in private hire vehicles and taxis must wear face coverings (from 23 September)
- Customers to hospitality venues must wear face coverings, except when seated at a table to eat or drink
- Staff in hospitality and retail will now also be required to wear face coverings (from 24 September)
- Guidance stating that face coverings and visors should be worn in close contact services will now become law (from 24 September)
Eating and drinking
- Businesses selling food or drink (including cafes, bars, pubs and restaurants), social clubs, casinos, bowling alleys, amusement arcades (and other indoor leisure centres or facilities), funfairs, theme parks, adventure parks and activities, and bingo halls, must be closed between 10pm and 5am. This will include takeaways but delivery services can continue after 10pm (from 24 September).
- Cinemas, theatres and concert halls can stay open after 10pm, only if the performance started before 10pm. They should not serve food or drink after this time.
- In licensed premises, food and drink must be ordered from, and served at, a table.
- Customers must eat and drink at a table in any premises selling food and drink to consume indoors, on site (from 24 September).
- Businesses will need to display the official NHS QR code posters so that customers can ‘check-in’ at different premises using this option as an alternative to providing their contact details once the app is rolled out nationally (from 24 September).
- Businesses must remind people to wear face coverings where mandated.
You can find more information over on the Government website here.
Frequently asked questions
We understand due to the nature of what's happening right now you may have some questions about your upcoming trip, our scheduled events and whether you can travel here under the new alterations to the lockdown restrictions. Below, we've pulled together some of the more frequently asked questions about the impact of coronavirus in Blackpool and the questions we've been receiving lately.
UPDATED: Is Blackpool in lockdown?
No. The additional measures announced by the Government on September 25 relate to a ban on the mixing of different households in homes and gardens. This brings Blackpool in line with other areas of Lancashire and is part of a strategic move by Government to reduce infection rates across the whole of the North West region.
The resort is also subject to the 10pm curfew on bars, restaurants and other hospitality businesses that was imposed by Government across the whole country on September 24.
There are no restrictions in England that prevent people from travelling to other places or going on holiday as long as they adhere to all relevant rules.
If you are planning to visit Blackpool we strongly advise that you plan ahead and book any attractions in advance. You can see more on this in our Know Before You Go guide to help you safely plan your trip.
Whilst you are here, all we would ask is that you respect all guidance and regulations around hygiene, social distancing, wearing face coverings and the Rule of Six. This will ensure you have a safe and enjoyable visit.
UPDATED: Is Blackpool open?
Yes, Blackpool is open. Businesses have been working hard across the resort to deliver COVID preventative measures to keep you safe during your visit. We ask that you follow and respect all guidance and regulations around hygiene, social distancing, wearing face coverings and the Rule of Six.
UPDATED: Can I visit Blackpool if I’ve booked to come with a group of friends or family I don’t live with?
It depends on where you are coming from and the restrictions in your area. If you are travelling from an area with restrictions, the rules in place must be applied on your visit to Blackpool. For example, if you are travelling to Blackpool from an area which currently has a ban of the mixing of different households, you can visit Blackpool with your household but you cannot mix with family or friends from separate households if they are not in your support bubble.
If you are travelling from an area that does not have these restrictions, you are also able to visit Blackpool but you must keep to the Rule of Six.
UPDATED: Can I travel to Blackpool from Scotland?
We recommend checking restrictions in your area before travelling to Blackpool.
Can I come to Blackpool now?
Yes, you can visit Blackpool. Though when visiting the resort, we encourage you to check for Visit England's 'We're Good To Go' green mark. This shows that a business is adhering to COVID-safe measures and that they are doing all what they can to keep you safe. You can view the full list of 'We're Good To Go' businesses here.
Can I stay over in Blackpool?
Yes you can. Here's a taster of how certain hotels, B&Bs and self-catering accommodation in Blackpool will keep you safe.
What’s happening with Blackpool’s big events?
Unfortunately, some of Blackpool’s major events have already been cancelled because of the pandemic and the difficulty in enforcing social distancing. Those that have been cancelled for 2020 include: Pride Festival, Armed Forces Week, Blackpool Air Show, Ride The Lights, and Rebellion Festival. The World Fireworks has also been postponed. You can get regular updates here on the VisitBlackpool website.
Are the Blackpool Illuminations on this year?
Yes! The Blackpool Illuminations 2020 will be shining this year and we have extended the season for an extra TWO months. Blackpool Illuminations will be on from Sept 4 all the way through to January 3, 2021! This will be the first time the dazzling light display will shine throughout the festive season. Find out more information.
Not found what you’re looking for? Our Tourist Information Centre is on hand to answer any questions you may have. Don’t forget the latest Government advice too.
General tips for staying safe in Blackpool
We hope you have buckets of fun at the seaside, but in this new normal it’s important to follow the guidelines put in place. Due to the unprecedented nature of this situation, the VB team are working hard to ensure information is up to date.
If you’re feeling unwell, please do not take the risk and visit Blackpool.
If you fall unwell for any reason or you require medical attention whilst you’re here, you need to call NHS 111 before you go to the emergency department at the hospital. They will book a time slot for you at Blackpool Victoria Hospital, or at the most appropriate health service.
Spending time in the resort?
A face covering must be worn (unless exempt) on public transport, shopping centres, shops and supermarkets, visitor attractions, entertainment venues and public areas in hotels. For more information on this, please visit the Government’s website here.
As of 14 September, you can only meet up in groups of up to six people in any setting – indoors or outdoors in England.
Most attractions are running at a reduced capacity to allow for social distancing measures. Try to book ahead if you can to avoid disappointment.
Respect other people around you by keeping to the recommended two metre distance rule and follow any one-way systems put in place – the guidelines are there to protect you.
Be kind. Due to the ever-changing nature of the situation, we are all learning how to safely protect ourselves and each other. If you see someone not wearing a mask indoors, for example, gently and safely remind them or notify a member of staff if necessary. They could be exempt from the rule.
Regularly wash your hands or use hand sanitiser and dispose of your mask responsibly (not on our beaches!)
📷 Credit: Gregg Wolstenholme photography