Today (4th July) the government guidelines for hot air ballooning in England change, now allowing up to 6 people to fly in a basket. Previous restrictions allowed balloons only to fly if the pilot and crew involved lived in the same household, which has not been possible for the vast majority of pilots.
Public Health England have advised to keep a 2 metre distance from others but where not possible, like in a balloon, carry out a risk assessment and take steps to reduce the risk of transmission. Passengers will be required to wear face coverings.
This means training flights and private flights can resume as well as commercial ballooning with paying passengers. Although the large ride balloons are still not permitted, the smaller ride balloons for exclusive flights are now able to fly. You can read more on the government website.
So, we should see a slow return to balloons in the skies above Bristol and Bath very shortly, which is great news. For those wondering or asking, our social media flight updates are on hold for the foreseeable, which we’re sure you can understand. However, we hope to share photos on our Twitter and Facebook channels as and when any ballooning takes place.
Stay safe and be sure to wave if you see any balloons in the sky!