“So right now, of course, you can’t book [holidays].
“The fastest way to get back to normality is to very closely follow the rules that have been set out; it’s hard to know quite what the path will be – we’ve seen with this disease that we have this curve up it’s coming down but it’s coming down slower than it went up.”
As for people considering booking holidays, Shapps said: “People will just have to take a view on where we’ll be at some point in the future.
“We’ve set out on that roadmap where we hope to be.
“We don’t know whether the virus will respond as we hope because… it depends how closely people adhere to the rules so, of course, we’re all desperate to get the world back to normal and be able to go about our lives go on holiday and all the rest of it. But we can only do that in small steps.”