Transport Secretary tells people not to book summer holidays

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Transport Secretary for England Grant Shapps said it is “too soon” for hopeful travellers to start booking holidays.

“First of all, I should say, people shouldn’t be booking holidays right now – not domestically or internationally,” he told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme.

“The Prime Minister will say more about the route to unlocking this country, starting when he speaks about it on February 22.

“But we don’t know yet whether that will include information on things like holidays, simply because we don’t know where we’ll be up to in terms of the decline in cases, deaths, vaccination.

“And not just the vaccination programme here, but the vaccination programme internationally, because people will be going outside of our borders.

“So it’s too soon.”

Travel outside the Uk for leisure is currently illegal and anyone who has to travel must quarantine for 10 days on arrival back in the UK – having provided a negative Covid test within 72 hours of their journey.

Those arriving from a red list of 33 countries have to quaratine in a hotel room at a cost of £1,750.



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