Holidays abroad should be discouraged to stop Covid third wave, say MPs

holidays abroad should be discouraged to stop covid third wave say mps

Holidays abroad should be discouraged even once legal, a cross-party group of MPs have said as part of a suite of recommendations to prevent a third wave of coronavirus and further lockdowns.

Under the UK government’s roadmap to relax coronavirus restrictions, international travel for leisure purposes could resume from 17 May.

Ministers have confirmed that a traffic light system is to be put in place in which countries will be added to green, amber and red lists, with different rules regarding issues such as quarantine of returning travellers for each list.

On Sunday the foreign secretary, Dominic Raab, told the BBC’s Andrew Marr show that details of the traffic light system were “coming shortly”.

But on Monday the all-party parliamentary group on coronavirus (APPG) issued a report recommending that holidays abroad should be discouraged in light of experts’ concerns about international travel.

“The UK government should discourage all international leisure travel to prevent the importation of new variants into the UK, in order to reduce the risk of a third wave and further lockdowns,” the report states, adding that financial support must be given to the travel industry…

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