Coronavirus: The Latest Travel Information
In a televised address to the nation on January 4, the Prime Minister announced a nationwide lockdown to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The new national measures will come into place with immediate effect and are expected to remain in place until mid-February. The single most important action we can all take is to stay at home to protect the NHS and save lives.
The next six weeks are going to be unusually quiet here in Blackpool, but public safety has always been of paramount importance to us, along with supporting our NHS and care workers in preventing the spread of the infection.
This past year, we have all experienced times like no other. We hope we can welcome you back soon for buckets of fun at the seaside, so you can enjoy everything that Blackpool has to offer.
In the meantime, we will continue to bring Blackpool to you over on our social channels. Reminisce over days gone by with our ever-popular Throwback Thursdays, or why not test your seaside knowledge with our Trivia Tuesdays? If you need a little Blackpool pick-me-up during lockdown, or a distraction from current events, then we encourage you to give us a follow on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter – we’re always here.
On behalf of all of us, we would like to wish all visitors, family and friends the very best of health. Please stay safe and stay home.
Love, Blackpool x
Frequently asked questions
We understand due to the nature of what's happening right now you might have some questions about your upcoming trip, our scheduled events and whether you can travel here. 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: Can I travel to Blackpool?
People may travel in or out of Blackpool for work and education purposes but not for leisure purposes. Under the new Government restrictions, you must not leave your home unless you have a reasonable excuse. If you need to travel you should stay local – meaning avoiding travelling outside of your area. Outdoor exercise should also be done locally wherever possible. For more information, please visit www.gov.uk/coronavirus.
UPDATED: Can I stay over in Blackpool?
Hotels and accommodation providers in Blackpool are closed for leisure purposes and can only operate under exceptional circumstances, such as moving house.
UPDATED: What tier is Blackpool in?
Before the nationwide lockdown, Blackpool was placed into Tier 4 restrictions on 30 December. This means that all of our key attractions, family entertainment venues, hotels and guest accommodation remained closed. Bars, restaurants, cafes and pubs in resort also remained closed, but were permitted to offer a takeaway service.
UPDATED: Are Blackpool Illuminations on?
Blackpool Illuminations season drew to a close on 30 December 2020, two months later than the usual switch-off date. The spectacular Light show will return for its grand Switch-On on 3 September and will shine every night until 7 November 2021 so make sure you mark it in your calendar! The Blackpool Tower will remain lit during the national lockdown.
NEW: I have a visitor query, who can I contact?
Our Tourist Information Centre is currently closed, however our friendly team will be able to assist you over the phone or email. Please contact the team on 01253 478222 or on firstname.lastname@example.org.
NEW: 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? You can also order your FREE Blackpool Destination Guide 2021, jam-packed with insights into how to plan and enjoy your trip to the ultimate family resort. 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.
Check if you need medical help.
You should use the NHS 111’s online coronavirus service if you need medical help. Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital.
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.
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