Boris Johnson addresses UK one year on from first lockdown
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The Prime Minister admitted it was “too early to say” whether foreign holidays will be allowed but rising cases in Europe meant “things certainly look difficult for the time being”. He added he hoped to give more information about foreign travel on April 5, which is a week before the Government’s original announcement date of April 12. Mr Johnson said: “A lot of people do want to know about what’s going to happen on the holiday front and I know there’s a great deal of curiosity and interest.
All I can say is it’s just too early to say and my advice is to everybody to wait for the global travel task force to report.
“We’ve heard already that there are other European countries where the disease is now rising so things certainly look difficult for the time being but we will be able to say more we hope in a few days’ time, I certainly hope to say more by April 5.”
He added the earliest date people in England could go on holiday abroad would be May 17 under the current road map for easing restrictions.
Mr Johnson also said Britons must be “very wary” of the potential for a third wave when he was asked how the Government is planning to stop the spread from Europe into the UK.
Travel plan to be published early – No10 confirms date change for foreign holiday decision (Image: NUMBER 10)
He said: “On the European continent we are seeing distinct signs of a third wave and they’re taking steps to abate that, to deal with that.
“And we in the UK have very tough measures at our borders already.
“As for your point about lorry drivers (being tested) and hotel quarantine for absolutely everybody, we keep – I want to be clear with the public – we keep all these measures under review.
“In so far as it’s necessary to take extra measures to protect this country against new variants, variants of concern, of course we’re going to do that.”
Boris Johnson updated the nation on the new travel plans in his No10 briefing today (Image: GETTY)
Mr Johnson said that having listened to sc