Thousands of families face yet more travel disappointment, as new advice against non-essential travel from regions across northern England, the Midlands, and London puts half term holidays out of bounds.
Government guidance now says the public should avoid travelling in and out of areas where the so-called Indian variant is growing fastest “unless it is essential” – which holidays, of course, are not.
The new advice covers the areas governed by Bedford Borough Council, Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council, Bolton Metropolitan Council and Burnley Borough Council. Also included are Kirklees Council, Leicester City Council, the London Borough of Hounslow and North Tyneside Council.
People living in these areas should consider “whether it really is essential” for them to travel, the Work and Pensions Secretary told ITV’s Good Morning Britain.
Asked whether a family from Bolton should cancel their half-term holiday plans to a green list country, Therese Coffey said: “I’m not going to give individual travel guidance on some hypothetical situations to people in different parts of the country.
“The guidance is very clear that people need to consider whether it really is essential. I’m conscious that the green list is there […] But I think people just need to consider carefully the risks that they are under themselves.”
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