MPs are beginning to plan summer vacations as more countries are expected to go green.
Ministers are penciling in vacations across Europe starting in August, the strongest indicator yet that more popular destinations will soon be approved – and limitations at home will be lifted.
More hotspots could be open to individuals who are completely immunised by mid-July as the vaccine deployment reaches another milestone, with more than 44 million people having their first vaccination and more than 32 million obtaining their second. There were 23 more deaths yesterday, up from 14 the week before, and 18,730 new cases, up from 10,321 the week before. “I am looking at having a couple of weeks in France at the end of August,” one Cabinet member told the Sunday Express of his plans to take an early break in the UK. Everything is contingent on what occurs and how events unfold. “However, I am upbeat.”
Others are reportedly considering visits to Portugal, Spain, and Italy before the end of the year, indicating that they believe restrictions will be eased.
“There can’t be another lockdown,” the Cabinet minister added. Never say never, but the economy is feeling the pinch.
“There is no doubt that it is having a negative impact on businesses, notably in the hotel and travel industries. We can’t keep going in this direction.
“Because of supply chain concerns, it’s probably too late for the events industry, such as wedding planners.
“It’s not like we’re under lock and key right now. London is once again a bustling metropolis. We have the option of going out to bars and restaurants. There are some ambiguities.”
“The feeling is that we can’t expand any further,” another Whitehall insider said. It has to come to an end, and the vaccine level should be high enough by July 19 to unlock permanently.”
After the government added 16 additional destinations to the green list last week, including Malta, Madeira, and the Balearic Islands, Bermuda, and several Caribbean islands, foreign vacations were once again on the cards. Holidaymakers do not have to quarantine when they return after Wednesday.
Only fully vaccinated British travellers will be free from quarantining upon arrival, according to the Maltese government. Because Spain, the Canary Islands, Portugal, France, Greece, and Italy are still on the amber list, returning tourists must self-isolate for ten days.
At their encounter at “Brinkwire Summary News,” Boris Johnson is expected to try to persuade Angela Merkel to enable Britons to vacation in Europe this summer.