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Lockdown UK: How far can you travel under ‘stay local’ guidance?

‘Stay home’ is about to change to ‘stay local’ (Picture: Getty)

UK lockdowns are starting to ease as Covid-19 cases drop- and local travel is set to be allowed in the coming days and weeks.

Undoubtedly it’s an exciting time, particularly as shops start to reopen and restrictions on the number of people we can see relax, too.

But once you’re no longer staying at home, how far can you really venture from your front door?

Find out how far local can take you in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland…

How far can you travel locally in England?

People living in England no longer have to ‘stay home’ as of Monday, March 29. A new ‘stay local’ rule comes into force instead.

Unfortunately, the government has not yet outlined exactly what constitutes as your local area – but you can safely assume your village or town counts as local.

It is not totally clear what ‘stay local’ means (Picture: Getty)

If you live in a city, the part of your city you live in is considered local.

The Department of Health and Social Care previously confirmed this, saying: ‘People should be sensible… you should stay local in the village, town, or part of the city where you live – unless there is a justifiable reason not to do so.’

Longer distance visits, i.e. to another town or city, won’t be outlawed – but they aren’t advised.

You also can’t stay overnight anywhere other than your home without an essential reason, such as work.

How far can you travel locally in Wales?

Wales has different travel rules to England (Picture: Getty)

Wales’ travel restrictions are completely different to England’s.

From Thursday, April 1, the ‘stay local’ message comes to an end, meaning residents can travel anywhere within Wales.

Some hotels and holiday cottages are due to open up, too – if they’re self-catered accommodation.

Self-contained accommodation is classified as anywhere that does not require shared use of the bathroom, entry/exit, and catering or sleeping facilities (e.g. a holiday cottage, campsite, or caravan).

You will only be able to stay with people in your own household.

The only restrictions on travel is who you can meet up with. Up to six people from two different households can meet outside from Thursday.

How far can you travel locally in Scotland?

‘Stay local’ advice will be given on April 2 (Picture: Getty)

On Friday, April 2, Scotland’s ‘stay at home’ order ends and a new ‘stay local’ rule comes into play.

Back in January, Scotland set out the rule for what counts as local, when it came to exercising outdoors.

The guidance said you can travel up to five miles from the boundary of your local authority area.

On Monday, April 26, the Scottish government hopes to allow travel throughout all of mainland Scotland for its residents.

As for the islands, the situation will change on a case-by-case basis, so you may want to visit the Scottish government website for more info.

How far can you travel locally in Northern Ireland?

Northern Ireland’s ‘stay local’ message comes in on April 12 (Picture: Getty)

Northern Ireland remains in lockdown until Thursday, April 1.

But by Monday, April 12, it’s hoped that ‘stay at home’ rules will be replaced by a ‘stay local’ message.

It’s not 100% clear what ‘stay local’ will mean in this case – however we do have some previous guidance to go off.

Northern Ireland’s lockdown rules state that you shouldn’t travel more than 10 miles for exercise.


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