North East UK news People CAN start to think about going on holiday abroad, says Grant Shapps MetiNews.Com
MetiNews.Com - The minister says the Government will give more information on when foreign holidays could be allowed before May 17
Breaking News ! Transport Secretary Grant Shapps has said that people can start to think about foreign travel again. It comes after the Government's Global Travel Taskforce's plans for resuming international travel were criticised by the industry for a lack of clarity and for requiring the use of £120 coronavirus tests. However, Mr Shapps said that the framework for resuming overseas leisure travel was a “cautious move” to prevent variants of concern entering the country, reports Wales Online. He said the Government will give more information on when foreign holidays could be allowed before May 17, which is the earliest possible date in the roadmap for international travel to resume. "I'm not telling people that they shouldn’t book some holidays now, it’s the first time I’ve been able to say that for many months, I think everybody doing it understands there are risks with coronavirus,” Mr Shapps told Sky News. "For the first time, people can start to think about visiting loved ones abroad, or perhaps a summer holiday, but we’re doing it very, very cautiously because we don’t want to see any return of coronavirus in this country." "What we’ve got today is a framework for doing that, so there’s a traffic light system you have been talking about – red, amber, green," he told Sky News. "And in the green category, we’ll try to make it as affordable as possible to travel. What do you think of possible plans to introduce vaccine passports for holidays, pubs and events? Please take our short survey below "But taking an abundance of caution as we go, because we don’t want to throw away all the good work of these lockdowns and people coming forward for vaccines by picking up variants of concern or anything else. "So it’s a cautious move but at least it provides that framework for people." Mr Shapps also said he was looking to "drive down the costs" of coronavirus tests required for international travel to resume. "Costs are definitely a concern, it’s one of the factors this year, and we have to accept we’re still going through a global pandemic," he told Sky News. "And so we do have to be cautious and I’m afraid that does involve having to have some tests and the like. "But, I am undertaking today to drive down the costs of those tests and looking at some innovative things we could do.
. "And also drive down the costs of the test when they get home if it’s in the green category, where it’s just a single test." However, Shadow home secretary Nick Thomas-Symonds said the Government has not given enough detail about its traffic light travel system for it to be properly scrutinised by MPs. Speaking on BBC Breakfast, he said: "The problem that I have is that the system hasn’t been outlined in detail.
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"The Government has spoken about factors like vaccination rates, infection rates, the position with variants and also about the level of genomic sequencing – but I have no idea what the levels of each of those are, for the Government to place countries into the green category, amber or red. "And instead what we’ve had this week, once again, is this system being drip-fed into the media day by day. "We then have it announced on a day when Parliament isn’t sitting, so we can’t go to the Commons and ask either the Home Secretary or the Transport Secretary to set out the details of this. That’s extremely frustrating." Mr Thomas-Symonds added that since the Government introduced "a very limited form of hotel quarantine" on February 15, 150,000 people "have entered the country who are totally unaccounted for" according to "reports in the media".
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