Government’s ‘rule of six’ will mean many cancelled holidays in England

The new ruling, which prevents the gathering of large groups, will affect holiday home rentals and group activity trips this autumn

Large groups of families and friends who were planning to holiday together in England this autumn will have to cancel their trip under the new “rule of six” announced by Boris Johnson on Wednesday. From 14 September, it will be illegal for more than six people to gather either indoors and outdoors in England, scuppering potentially thousands of planned trips. There is no indication how long the rule will be in force for but chief medical office Chris Witty said it is “very unlikely to be over in two or three weeks”.

Today accommodation owners started fielding calls from customers with bookings for large cottages and lodges. In response to the ruling, Which? Travel published a statement saying it would “disrupt many holidays that have been paid for” and that customers are entitled to a full refund under consumer law. However, some providers are offering credit notes in the first instance. Log House Holidays in the Cotswolds said it is offering credit notes to any groups who now have to cancel its larger cabins, but not refunds. “The situation is not the same as lockdown. We are now up and running and we hope that customers will accept a credit note for a future booking,” said owner James Edmonson.

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