Holidaymakers not allowed to stay at second homes during lockdown

It’s bad news for second homeowners as due to restrictions under the new lockdown, overnight stays in any place other than your primary residence is no longer allowed.

On Saturday (October 31), Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced a new lockdown which is set to come into force on Thursday (November 5) and last until December 2.

The lockdown which is set to see pubs, restaurants, gyms and non-essential shops closing will also stop members of the public from staying at their second homes.

In guidance published by the Government, overnight stays and holidays away – including in the UK and abroad – will not be allowed under the new restrictions.

This includes people looking to stay in second homes, with the official advice stating that this can be only be done if “specific exceptions” apply.

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“Overnight stays and holidays away from primary residences will not be allowed,” the Government says.

“This includes holidays abroad and in the UK. It also means you cannot stay in a second home, if you own one, or staying with anyone you do not live with or are in a support bubble with.

“There are specific exceptions, for example if you need to stay away from home (including in a second home) for work purposes, but this means people cannot travel overseas or within the UK, unless for work, education or other legally permitted reasons.”

Earlier this year, amid the first lockdown, Devon Live reported that a number of second homeowners have travelled from all over the country with their boats to visit the town, leaving residents ‘extremely frightened.’

Below we look at all of the changes that will come into force on Thursday:

  • All pubs and restaurants must shut – but takeaway services can still operate
  • All non-essential retail to close
  • No household mixing but support bubbles will still be allowed and children will be able to move homes if their parents are separated.
  • Outbound international travel banned
  • Overnight hotel stays banned except for work
  • Travel in or out of your local area discouraged
  • Essential travel to work permitted
  • Schools and universities will be allowed to remain open
  • Courts will remain open
  • Outdoor exercise will be allowed
  • Churches and other places of worship will be closed except for funerals, to broadcast acts of worship and individual prayer
  • Construction and manufacturing to continue

All of the new restrictions can be viewed on the governments website here.

Devon Live – Devon News