Covid: Lockdown Tourism Fears Elvis Festival Visitors


Elvis festival canceled as people warned not to visit County Bridgend

Visitors who had organized to attend a now-canceled Elvis festival were warned they would be breaking the law if they still showed up.

The annual festival takes place in Porthcawl, County Bridgend, which will close at 6:00 p.m. BST on Tuesday.

People on local lockdown in South Wales need a ‘reasonable excuse’ to leave their county.

But those with similar restrictions in England can still go on vacation.

The gap has fueled concerns about foreclosure tourism.

The Welsh government said: “The measures in England are the responsibility of the British government”.

The Elvis festival, which was scheduled to be held this weekend, typically attracts around 35,000 fans and 100 impersonators.

But it was scrapped this year because of the coronavirus, with people who had booked stays warned that they could not visit the borough.

Bridgend Council Chief Huw David said: ‘There will be no Elvis here to meet them, they will be greeted by South Wales Police and action will be taken against those who violate the law. ”

Following the announcement of the lockdown in County Bridgend on Monday, it is understood that an Elvis fan coach from Bolton who had booked tickets for the festival decided to travel to Tenby in Pembrokeshire.

“Gaping hole in the regulations”

Andrew RT Davies, the Welsh Conservatives’ health spokesperson, told BBC Radio Wales it appeared “remarkable” people from Bolton were on a coach holiday in Wales.

“It doesn’t appear that they have broken any rules or regulations, I think it highlights the need for a common approach between all countries in the UK,” he said.

‘If one part of the UK allows such visits and another part of the UK receives these visits and the tests are not in place to ensure that these people do not leave the area and could spread the virus, so obviously it’s a gaping hole in the regulations. ”

Anyone entering or leaving a county with local foreclosure restrictions in Wales must have a reasonable excuse for doing so.

However, the rules in England differ – people in counties with high levels of the coronavirus with tighter restrictions can still go on vacation.

As Pembrokeshire does not have any additional restrictions, coach travel from Bolton – which currently has the highest covid rate in England – would be allowed.

What is happening in other parts of Wales?


People on local lockdown in Wales need a ‘reasonable excuse’ to leave their local authority area

Arfon, member of Senedd Sian Gwenllian, said tensions could increase in communities over fears visitors could spread the virus.

‘It doesn’t make sense to me that people in places like Liverpool, Manchester and Birmingham with local restrictions can travel as they wish while on vacation in parts of North Wales and risk spreading the virus », She declared.

“People are very worried about this again. I fear we may see tensions build up in communities as we saw at the start of the lockdown. ”

She added that parts of Gwynedd had been very busy in the hot weather, with “many people coming from places where there has been a sharp increase in Covid-19 cases”.

“The Welsh government has to make the UK government understand that this is not acceptable,” she said.

What do the councils say for England?

Advice in England states that ‘you may travel outside your area’ but ‘must not meet people you do not live with in their homes or gardens, whether inside or outside the home. affected areas, unless they are in your support bubble ”.

“You can always go on vacation outside of the affected areas, but you should only do so with people you live with (or with whom you have formed a supportive bubble). ”

A Welsh government spokesperson said: ‘Wales has always warmly welcomed visitors, but it is important that people are not traveling at this time if they have coronavirus, are living with someone who is sick or think they have symptoms.

“We want to do everything we can to keep Wales safe and prevent the spread of the virus.

“In Wales the approach we took when introducing local restrictions was different from England.

“The measures in England are the responsibility of the British government. “


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