Covid roadmap: Will Boris Johnson change travel rules for summer?

Boris Johnson says we need to be ‘cautious’ lifting lockdown

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Covid rules have kept people at home in most cases since January. Restrictions started in early January when returned home from school one day after the Christmas break ended. Since then, working from home and limited social interaction have become the norm, but this won’t last forever.

Will Boris Johnson change travel rules with the roadmap?

The Covid roadmap will outline how the Government hopes to wind down Covid restrictions.

Mr Johnson’s announcement on February 22 will come on the cusp of spring.

As such, people will be looking out for any changes to travel restrictions.

These currently make travelling out of the country illegal unless essential.

They mean people spending any time away from work will have to stay at home.

Those close to the Government expect this could change two months after the announcement.

April is the earliest chance sources have suggested people could spend a break elsewhere.

But the best people can hope for is a self-catered local break.

A source told The Times domestic breaks from April are currently a “possibility”.

They said: “There’s an active discussion about how soon we can do it and we’ll be guided by the data.

“There’s talk of April at the earliest, but a lot of things have to go right.”

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“It’s unlikely but it is being talked about as a possibility.”

Beyond this, messaging from the Government has been broadly mixed.

Last week, transport secretary Grant Shapps warned people against making any domestic or international bookings.

He said there was a “shrinking chance” people would be able to go on holidays this summer.

Before then, health secretary Matt Hancock suggested the UK would see a “great British summer”.

Travel industry sources don’t believe the Prime Minister can give holidaymakers precise dates.

One source told Travel Weekly not to expect “a series of dates” next week.

Instead, they said, people would get a “sense of the pathway out of this”.

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