Covid lockdown: Stop Wales visits to UK virus hotspots, says Mark Drakeford

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England should have similar travel restrictions to Wales, says Mark Drakeford


The Premier of Wales has called on Boris Johnson to ban residents of locked areas in England from traveling to Wales on holiday.

People in areas of Wales with local closures cannot leave their area without a ‘reasonable excuse’.

Holidays are not eligible but an equivalent rule does not apply in England.

Residents of closed areas such as Leicester and Bolton can go on vacation elsewhere with people they live with.

Asked by Plaid Cymru leader Adam Price why people can travel from English hotspots to areas of Wales with low transmission of the virus, Mark Drakeford said he didn’t think it would be fair to ” institute “border controls”.

But he said he wrote to the prime minister on Monday urging him to put in place similar hold-in-place rules for the English lockdown zones.

‘As we act to prevent people who live in Wales’ hot spots from traveling to England and taking the risk of the virus with them, the Prime Minister in his capacity as Prime Minister of England in this case should do the same to prevent people in English hotspots from traveling elsewhere in England, Wales or other parts of the UK, due to the risk that this undoubtedly poses, ”Mr Drakeford said.

Ceredigion deputy chairman Paul Hinge said he was’ contacted daily by park owners fearing that people traveling from ‘hotspot lockdown areas’ of the Midlands and North West of the England in Ceredigion cannot bring this pernicious virus with them. “.

“They may not be showing symptoms of the virus, but they could still be carriers,” he said.

“Travel outside of these containment zones must be limited to high priority trips, which does not include going on vacation.”

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People living in local containment areas in England can spend their holidays in Wales and elsewhere in the UK under current rules


In his letter to Mr Johnson, the Prime Minister said he “welcomed” the Prime Minister’s indication, at a Cobra meeting they both attended last week, that such talks would take place .

He called on the Prime Minister “that a new meeting be called urgently to discuss this problem and other impending challenges”.

Speaking later, Mr Price said Mr Drakeford had ‘hesitated before raising this issue with the Prime Minister and that there had not been a public information campaign by the Welsh government targeting people living in areas of local restrictions beyond the border ”.

“This delay puts communities at risk,” he said.

Downing Street has been invited to comment.

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