The government will support people taking domestic holidays “when it is safe” to make trips following the Covid-19 pandemic.

While staying overnight away from home is currently prohibited, staycations will be encouraged when the virus is under control, according to the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.

The confirmation came amid increased demand for UK breaks as doubts continue over the ability to take foreign holidays this summer.

The gradual lifting of lockdown restrictions on Sunday has triggered enquiries about domestic stays.

A DCMS spokesperson told the Daily Telegraph said: “As things stand people are not permitted to travel to a second home or to stay overnight in a home that is not theirs.

“When it is safe to do so, we will be encouraging people to book a great British holiday.”

The earliest hotels can reopen is July 4, according to the government’s lockdown roadmap, depending on the key tests for easing being met.

Tom Hughes, of accommodation website Clickstay, said there was a case for self-catering accommodation providers being allowed to open earlier than hotels.

“The idea of someone driving in their car to a cottage, opening it up and staying there doesn’t seem particularly high risk compared to someone getting on a train and going to work,” he said.

UK Hospitality said it is still waiting for an announcement from the government on when its members can reopen.

The latest guidance for hotels was published on March 24, the day after the lockdown was announced, and ordered them to close.