TUI has released their new guidelines for social distancing when Brits go back on holiday, with drastic new measures being enforced.

Mandatory face masks on planes, closed nightclubs and banned football games are just some of the ways the tour operator will be making changes.

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The changes are to affect all aspects of the TUI brand with resorts, flights and cruises seeing the new rules.

Holidays have been cancelled until mid-June while cruise holidays with Marella Cruises have been put on hold until at least July.

TUI has already revealed their 10-point plan for hotel guests and staff to follow, which includes a reduction in buffet services and serving crew to wear face masks.

While additional cleaning measures and social distancing regulations will also be enforced, here are some of the ways your next holiday with TUI will be different.


Boarding will be staggered, with no lines in the jet bridges or aisles as people board.

Passengers will be forced to wear face masks during the flights, and food and drink will have to be pre-ordered.

Services will also go cashless, with contactless payment only.


Passengers will be required to fill out health questionnaires before boarding, as well as face staggered boarding processes and additional screenings.

On board capacity will also be reduced to a maximum of 1,000 passengers

Self service restaurants will no longer be on board, while limited capacity at spas, gyms and kids clubs will be enforced.


Restaurants will have less capacity with tables being removed to ensure social distancing, although opening hours will be extended to allow guests to make use of the dining facilities.

However, nightclubs will remain closed, as well as saunas, while evening activities will take place at outdoor areas with enough spacing required.

Kids clubs will resume but are likely to change with reduced numbers.

The resorts also hope to run more transfer services, which will see deeper cleans and less passengers on board.

Sports which require close contact, such as football, will be banned, while sports such as tennis which can ensure distancing will replace them instead.

Holidays should start again this summer despite MPs claiming a trip abroad is unlikely this year, TUI has said.

The tour operator wants to restart the holiday industry during the peak season, with package deals to "safe" destinations that pass health checks.

Friedrich Joussen, TUI Group CEO, said "Majorca is in the first place definitely. Hotels there have been tested and could be opened immediately and host tourists.

"Similarly, Greece, Cyprus, Croatia, and Bulgaria are well prepared for summer tourism. And of course, Austria and Denmark."


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