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Where Are The Riders? May/June 2021

At INSHUR, we look for ways to help Uber drivers. Identifying reliable rider hotspots for you to maximise your earnings. Lockdowns have made this challenging for private hire drivers, but the latest lifting of restrictions are a game-changer that mean more business out and about and more reliable pickup spots. 

On Monday 17th May, the BBC reported that, “going inside other people’s homes, hugs, sleepovers and visiting indoor food and entertainment venues is allowed in England, Wales and most of Scotland once again”. And that “the ban on foreign travel has also now been lifted and replaced with new rules.”

Scroll down to find out where the riders are likely to be this May Bank Holiday, moving into June. 

The following information is correct at the time of writing on 25th May 2021. Before you head out and hit the road, be sure to check the latest on local restrictions from official government sources

Where Are The Riders in England?

The riders are back, and since more lockdown restrictions were lifted on 17th May business is likely to be found at the following hotspots:

  • Pubs, restaurants, bars and cafes 
  • Museums, theatres and cinemas
  • Hotels, hostels and B&Bs
  • Adult indoor gyms and exercise classes

The government’s full detailed list of what changed in Step 3 can be found here

On 21st June, the government hopes to remove all legal limits on social contact, as well as the reopening of popular private hire pickup spots such as nightclubs, large events and live performances. 

Check out our handy guide for Uber drivers of key dates for lockdown easing in England. 

What About the Rest of the UK?

Since the nations are nearing full reopening, we’ve highlighted what must remain closed and therefore where you wouldn’t get much success in looking for riders.

Scotland

Most of mainland Scotland is at Level 2, the following remain closed:

  • Soft play
  • Funfairs
  • Nightclubs and adult entertainment

Glasgow City Council area is at Level 3, the following remain closed:

  • Leisure and entertainment venues such as cinemas, theatres, nightclubs and concert halls
  • Stadiums

Wales

All of Wales is at alert level 2, meaning that nightclubs remain closed. But keep an eye out for small events as up to 30 people can take part in organised indoor activities and up to 50 people in organised outdoor activities. 

Airports & International Travel

Get ready for the Summer holiday-makers with our guide to airport pickups and dropoffs

On England’s traffic light list, foreign countries are classed as green, amber or red – with different rules for quarantine and Covid tests in place for each. Holidays to countries on the green list can go ahead without a need to quarantine when passengers return.The list is reviewed every three weeks and countries can be moved at short notice, so be sure to keep up to date. 

London Hotspots

Big Bank Holiday Weekender

This Bank Holiday is set to be a big one! Two days of live music making Hackney Wick a likely rider pickup spot.

Where: Hackney Wick’s Studio 9294, 92 Wallis Rd, London, E9 5LN

When: Sat 29th & Sun 30th May 2021

Times: Door open at 2pm – 1am curfew

Insider’s scoop: Tickets are available as groups of 2, 3 or 6. Saturday 29th has sold out for the smaller two, suggesting most attendees will be the perfect size to share an Uber.

Design My Night’s Best Beer Gardens

Indoor hospitality may now be open but after spending large periods of time inside over the past year, riders are likely to want to maximise time spent outside. Check out this Design My Night guide to the best outdoor spaces across London, set to be very popular with riders and therefore lucrative spots for you.

Where: The guide lists 61 venues across town – Central (4), East (11), North (10), South (29), West (7)

Insider’s Scoop: Handy tool! Click here to find the venue hotspots in the area that you drive, filter by location and view on Google Maps.

Manchester Events

Half-Term: Space Craft Activities

A new giant tipi offering some family craft activities this half term.

Where: Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre, The University of Manchester, Macclesfield, Cheshire, SK11 9DL

When: Sat 29th May – Sun 6 June 2021

Times: Daily 10am – 4.30pm

Insider’s scoop: A hard one to rely on public transport for with the nearest tram stop being over 9 miles away. A fun family-friendly event, bound to leave some little legs feeling tired and opting for a lift.

Opening Weekend at The Bruntwood Stage

The Arts’ venue HOME reopened on 17th May. The outdoor stage opens this Bank Holiday weekend and could be a reliable rider pickup spot for some time as it’s events run until 19th July. The Bruntwood Stage will have a different curator from the city every week, including DJ Slots, local artist takeovers alongside our food & drink offering.

Where: Homeground, First Street, Greater Manchester, United Kingdom, M15 4RB

When: Fri 28th – Mon 31st May

Times: Friday opens at 5.30pm, Sunday opens at 12.45pm, Sunday opens at 1pm, Monday opens at 12pm.  Last food orders at 9.30pm Mon – Sat (9pm on Sundays) and last drinks orders at 9.45pm. 

Insider’s scoop: The nearest car park is Q-Park at First Street (next door to HOME). The pedestrian car park entrance is approximately 30metres from HOME’s main entrance and is located facing the pedestrian public square, Tony Wilson Place.

Birmingham Events

Circus Extreme

Where: National Exhibition Centre (NEC), North Ave, Marston Green, Birmingham B40 1NT

When: Wed 26th May – Sun 6th June

Times: Each day hosts two or three shows. Times vary – click here to see more.

Insider’s scoop: Hang near the Birmingham Airport as riders can get to the NEC via the free air-rail link. Double your chances between Circus Extreme attendees as well as holiday-makers in the airport vicinity. 

Sources:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround/57054095

https://news.sky.com/story/covid-19-public-will-learn-by-end-of-month-if-all-coronavirus-rules-end-on-21-june-12312887

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/covid-19-coronavirus-restrictions-what-you-can-and-cannot-do 

https://www.gov.scot/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-protection-levels/ 

https://www.gov.scot/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-protection-levels/pages/protection-level-2/ 

https://www.gov.scot/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-protection-levels/pages/protection-level-3/

https://gov.wales/coronavirus 

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/explainers-52544307 

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/red-amber-and-green-list-rules-for-entering-england 

https://www.designmynight.com/london/pubs/beer-gardens-in-london 

https://homemcr.org/event/the-bruntwood-stage-at-homeground/ 

https://www.visitmanchester.com/whats-on/half-term-space-craft-activities-p466061 

https://www.circusextreme.co.uk/venues/birmingham/