‘We’re always forgotten,’ says the narrator. Families are becoming increasingly enraged as the wait for lateral flow tests continues.
The lack of a definite timeframe for the replacement of PCR tests with lateral flows has irritated families. Although Grant Shapps advised individuals to “hold off” on arranging the exams until after half-term, half-term is now just days away for Leicestershire residents.
The half-term holiday in Leicestershire is from 18 to 22 October, a week earlier than the rest of England, which is from 25 to 29 October. Families in the area are now concerned that the government has forgotten about them and that they will be forced to pay for PCR tests.
“I don’t have a date for you yet,” Transport Secretary Grant Shapps told the BBC yesterday.
“I know my colleagues at the Department of Health and Border Force are working extremely hard to put it in place, perhaps in time for people to return from half-term holidays, and certainly by the end of October.”
He stated a new announcement would be made “very soon,” but he didn’t say when that would be, or if it would be before the conclusion of Leciestershire’s half-term.
“Hold wait on wanting to book,” Shapps warned Britons last week. Not their vacation, but which examinations they’ll take when they get back, while these specifics are ironed out.” With half-term just days away for Leicestershire families, many are concerned about the news delay.
“Will the two-day PCR be changed with a lateral flow test in time for all half-term breaks as Leicestershire schools are closed from October 18-22?” Kezza asked on Twitter.
“A date to eliminate the PCR testing would be excellent before Leicestershire half term in mid October…we’re usually forgotten,” Kelly Suffolk tweeted.
“Will I still need to book a PCR test when I return if I book something last minute?” tweeted Synchronicity. Why haven’t they specified a certain date?” “So they will withdraw the two day PCR in late October meaning half term holidays (here in Leicester starts 16th October) all families will have to fork out the £69 for per traveller when they get back…not really helping the travel sector boost sales for half term,” Deb wrote on Twitter. Families who are required to book PCR tests will have a substantially larger holiday bill than those who are permitted to use lateral flow tests.
Many vacationers and travel specialists have expressed dissatisfaction with the government’s lack of action. “Brinkwire News Summary.”