Lord Bethell said on Tuesday that holidays abroad “are not for this year” and are “too dangerous”.
Foreign holidays still too dangerous this year. His comments came a day after further restrictions were lifted. There is still confusion on the Government’s stance on travel overseas. The roadmap out of lockdown now states that people can holiday abroad to green light countries without having to quarantine on their return to the UK.
However, speaking on Tuesday Lord Bethell urged against it due to the “dangers” of crowded airports and planes, saying it was “dangerous”. Lord Bethell, speaking at Westminster, said “Travelling is dangerous.
That is not news to us or to the people who get on those planes in the first place. We do ask people, particularly as we go into the summer, traveling is not for this year, please stay in this country.”
Earlier that day cabinet minister George Eustice had a completely different view of the situation.
Speaking on Radio 4 he said “We don’t want to stop travel altogether and the reason, as Matt Hancock set out, that we have the amber list is there will be reasons why people feel they need to travel either to visit family or indeed to visit friends.”
Boris Johnson agreed but warned people to only holiday in “green light” countries. During a visit to a vaccination centre in Islington the Prime Minister said “It is not somewhere you should be going on holiday, let me be very clear about that.” meaning the list of “amber light” countries.
The Government have been asked to consider a “tagging” system for people in quarantine. Lord Bethell welcomes the suggestion, saying “The good news is the number of absconding residents at managed quarantine is minimal.
It can be counted on one hand and many of them have been retrieved.
The bad news is that the positivity rate in managed quarantine is far too high. It is clearly true that far too many people are getting on planes when they are infected and far too many are catching the disease while they are on their travels.”