Coronavirus: The Latest Travel Information
On February 22, The Prime Minister revealed his much-anticipated road map that will see a gradual return to normal life – and a phased reopening of our tourism and hospitality industry.
We are now in Step Two of the Government's road map. This means Blackpool’s tourism businesses including major attractions such as Blackpool Pleasure Beach and Blackpool Zoo, together with non-essential retail, outdoor hospitality and self-catering accommodation, are now open.
From May 17 at the earliest, indoor attractions, hotels and B&Bs, and indoor hospitality will reopen their doors. For now, though, these remain closed. By the end of June, most of the Blackpool you know and love should be back in business.
Our attractions, venues and accommodation businesses, have been working hard to ensure that everything you need for a safe and enjoyable experience is in place.
For more information, you can find out what's open in Blackpool, holiday booking tips and things to do during your time in Blackpool.
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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.
NEW: Which places will start to reopen in Blackpool first?
Blackpool's outdoor attractions such as Blackpool Pleasure Beach and Blackpool Zoo, together with non-essential retail, outdoor hospitality and self-catering accommodation, are now open. For more information on when you can expect your favourite attractions, accommodation, pubs and restaurants, and venues to open in Blackpool, please click here.
UPDATED: Can I travel to Blackpool?
The Government's 'Stay at Home' message has now been ended. You can now travel to meet your friends and family, meaning a trip to Blackpool is now on the cards. We kindly ask that you follow social distancing guidelines, keep to the rule of six and take any litter away with you or use the bins provided. For more information, please visit www.gov.uk/coronavirus.
UPDATED: Can I stay over in Blackpool?
Self-catering is now open but this should be with your household only. This means you cannot go on a staycation with people you do not live with. Hotels and B&Bs will open shortly after from May 17, all being well.
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 3 January 2022, as we extend the season for the second consecutive year. 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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