With spring and summer around the corner, many people are eager to find out whether coronavrius restrictions will loosen enough to allow travel across the UK and abroad.
First Minister Mark Drakeford has confirmed that the stay local rule in Wales will be lifted on March 27, just in time to allow people to travel in Wales for the Easter holidays. Self-contained accommodation will also reopen, meaning AirBnbs and other home rentals will once again be accepting guests.
Meanwhile, England’s health secretary Matt Hancock said on Wednesday (March 17) he had “no doubt” that people would be free to travel around the UK in the coming weeks. He told a Downing Street press briefing: “I very much look forward to all the restrictions on travel within the UK being removed.
“We have set out when the English restrictions will be removed and will lift the stay-at-home message as part of the road map out. I have no doubt that within a short few weeks everybody will be allowed to travel around the UK so long as we are able to keep this progress going.”
First Minister Mark Drakeford has yet to confirm when Wales will reopen its border with England.
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Questions also loom over the prospect of travel abroad this summer, as countries race to vaccinate their populations.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s English path out of lockdown plan established that flights would not resume until May 17, meaning the same date applies in Wales.
But Mr Drakeford told WalesOnline the date leaves him with anxiety, raising questions about whether international travel will be discouraged.
He said: “I am anxious about that date because I do not want to see all the hard work that people have invested in this put at risk with the importation of the virus from elsewhere.
“I have raised it with UK ministers and they have said that that is an indicative date and that no decision will be made in reality until much closer to the time.”
He added: “This pandemic has not gone away and I do not want to see people coming back into Wales from other parts of the globe bringing the virus with them.”
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