Welcome Back To Our Bay As Tourism Re-Opening Announced

  • The Government has announced tourism and visitor attractions will reopen in England from 4 July.

Torbay’s MP Kevin Foster has welcomed the re-opening of the tourism sector on 4 July, giving a boost for up to 645 businesses in Torquay and Paignton, and is calling on people to show their support for local businesses following a challenging three months.

The Prime Minister set out further changes to lockdown measures in England this week, to ensure people can see more of their friends and family, help businesses get back on their feet and get people back to the jobs they love.

As part of this careful easing, from Saturday 4 July, hotels, campsites, pubs and restaurants will be able to reopen, providing they adhere to Covid Secure guidelines, and other leisure facilities and tourist attractions may also reopen if they can do so safely.

Kevin is urging people to show their support to businesses reopening in Torquay and Paignton, to help them bounce back.

The Government will also be publishing detailed guidance to help tourist attractions and accommodation venues to re-open safely, such as by social distancing and cleaning protocols.  A new industry standard will also be introduced by Visit England, so the public can easily see if the venue is carrying out the new rules.

The Government will keep all measures under review.

Commenting, Kevin Foster said:

“The 4th July is Independence Day for Americans. This year it will be the day when many of our freedoms return and the most crucial day for our bay’s tourism industry in decades as it re-opens.

We can all play our part to help our bay bounce back by thinking of an attraction you have not visited in a while and making a plan to do so this summer. This could be Torquay Museum, Paignton Zoo, Torre Abbey or the Model Village. Every customer could make the difference this year between a small business surviving or not.”

Culture Secretary, Oliver Dowden said: 

“This is a significant moment for the UK’s fantastic tourism and hospitality businesses and the bounce back can now begin on July 4th. Across the country people have been looking forward to taking a day trip, weekend break or staycation following their efforts in lockdown over the past three months. Britain deserves a break and I hope people get out, support tourism businesses and enjoy a break safely.”