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UK government says "Don't Book Summer Holidays"

| Wednesday, 10 February 2021, 18:10
| London, England, UK

This is the message from the prime minister with a warning it's too soon to see the vaccine's effectiveness. The UK reported another 13,000 new cases, and 411,812 people received their first dose of the Covid vaccine yesterday. That's more than 13 million people, who have now received their first vaccine to fight Coronavirus.

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Now you should not be booking a holiday this summer in the UK or abroad, that's what the transport secretary said today, "going on holiday is currently illegal". The prime minister said "it was too soon to say whether holidays would be allowed by the summer but he hoped to give more clarity later this month".

Our reporter Hennery reports:

The excitement of a plane ride when your feet don't touch the floor, need to rest more.

We're the fellows family Harry and Chester eight and six, might be waiting a long time before splashing into the pool in France at the campsite. After months of homeschooling and home working the furthest the fellows family are going at the moment is the loft.

Consisting of the government has given us a very mixed message. It's a bit of a blow I'm sure like millions of other families equally. We'd be happy to go to Birmingham, Manchester, anywhere to get out of the house.

This morning the man who's in charge of how we get around said "We shouldn't book a holiday at home or away. Please don't go ahead and book holidays for something, which at this stage is illegal to actually go and do. Whether it's here or abroad and then you know further down the line. I simply don't know the answer to the question of, you know, where we'll be up to this summer".

But some of his colleagues have put holiday plans in their diary. Health Secretary Matt Hancook said "I'm going to Cornwall and I've said before, I think we're going to have a great british summer".

Should you plan for that? going on holiday abroad is banned right now and under lockdown you're only allowed away from home for limited reasons. You can now book for months to come whether anyone wants a repeat of crowded beaches in britain last summer is a different question. The hope at least is clear that by the summer with the spread of the vaccine and the squeeze on the disease the tourist spots could in theory be buzzing once again. There is rising frustration among some of the government's own MPs that ministers somehow seem to keep postponing the future, but inside government there's a real reluctance ministers just don't want to make promises they may later have to break and despite progress the effects of the pandemic won't disappear fast.

Travel's already been hammered by recession and restrictions at the border, the last thing the industry wants to hear is ministers urging us not to book.

Should members of the public be booking summer holidays or not whether at home or abroad because the transport secretary this morning warned people against booking anything at all.

Boris Johnson speaks in a press conference "As everybody knows it's currently illegal to go on holiday that's the state of play at the moment we're looking at the data every day i'm afraid it is just uh too early for people to be certain about what we'll be able to do this summer".

So he didn't repeat his minister's warning. Labour Leader Sir Keir Starmer said "What the government could do for families is to stop putting out mixed messages, so the prime minister one week was saying he's optimistic about holidays, then got the transport secretary saying don't book a holiday, that isn't helping businesses, it's not helping families, of course it's difficult nobody quite knows where we're going to be by the summer.

The fellows family and millions of us, it's just not clear when a holiday will be a reason to say goodbye.





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