People should avoid booking summer holidays at the moment, Government minister warns
Vaccines minister Nadhim Zahawi told Times Radio: ‘I think it’s far too early. There’s still 37,000 people in hospital with Covid at the moment, it’s far too early for us to even speculate about the summer.’ He said the ‘priority has to be schools’. Mr Zahawi added there would be an announcement later on whether all arrivals to Britain would have to quarantine in a hotel.
‘We review our border policy like any other responsible country would – Germany and Canada did a similar thing in January,’ he further told Sky News. ‘We’ve done that with the pre-departure testing that is now required to enter the UK and of course with passenger locator forms. ‘There will be an announcement on this issue later on today, so I can only say to you that it is the right thing to do because I am the vaccines minister, that as we vaccinate more of the adult population if there are new variants like the South African or the Brazilian variants, we need to be very careful. ‘We acted on those very quickly and of course dealt with travel from those countries, and from Portugal and elsewhere, rapidly so it is important we continue to review our border policy and an announcement will be made when a decision has been taken.
‘And of course, the industry itself will be engaged with heavily, including [health secretary] Matt Hancock engaging with the industry to explain the decision making at health, as well as of course the business department with the business secretary.’
The statement of warning will not be popular with the thousands of ex-pat businesses as well as local traders in such locations as of Spain & Portugal after a financially turbulent 12 months die to the pandemic.
Holiday bookings according to official travel agents are at their lowest ever as it is, despite ‘fake news’ reports in Spain from a free newspaper, stating otherwise who insisted ‘ bookings for Spain’s Costa del Sol were soaring’ – now the ministers warning will see Brits further hold off until they are given the green light to book.
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