UK holidays are set to be more popular than previous years due to the coronavirus pandemic putting restrictions on international travel. And now, it seems a holiday in picturesque Wales could also be a possibility. First Minister Mark Drakeford today announced that the country will be reopening to tourists from July 6 if scientific guidance allows.
This means people from other parts of the UK will be allowed to travel to Wales to take advantage of the country’s stunning scenery.
Britons will have to stay in “self-contained” accommodation such as second homes, holiday cottages, caravans, motorhomes and some hotels if they’re open.
Mr Drakeford added that tourism businesses will be allowed to start taking bookings from July 13.
The First Minister will be announcing the country’s plans for its easing of lockdown today.
UK holidays: It seems a holiday in picturesque Wales could now be a possibility
UK holidays: Wales announces plans to reopen borders to tourists on July 6
The announcement is likely to excite Britons looking for a summer break closer to home.
Other measures that will be eased include non-essential shops reopening from Monday and schools reopening from June 29.
Currently, most people in the UK have been banned from entering Wales due to England’s lockdown rules and Welsh laws.
In England, citizens are not permitted to stay away from their primary residence which includes tents, caravans, second homes and motorhomes.
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In Wales, people are not allowed to travel more than five miles.
These stringent measures are likely to change in the coming weeks.
In fact, Mr Drakeford revealed on BBC Radio 5 Live that Wales would be dropping their five-mile rule from July 6 so people can enjoy a break away.
He said: “On Monday 6 July, provided the virus is still under control, we will lift our ‘stay local’ instruction here in Wales and at that point the tourism economy will reopen in Wales.
UK holidays: In Wales, people are not allowed to travel more than five miles
“I’ve got to caveat it by saying we’ve got to be sure the virus is still under control at that point.
“Provided it is, the stay local restrictions will be abolished [on July 6] and people inside Wales and from outside Wales will be able to travel.
“I’ll be saying today to our tourism sector that they should use the next three weeks to prepare so that beyond that, self-contained accommodation will be able to reopen in Wales.
“People will be able to travel to holiday cottages or static caravans or hotels that are organised on a self-contained basis.
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“And people will be able to take bookings in Wales on July 13 onwards.”
However, he warned that if there is another local outbreak then plans could change.
As non-essential businesses open in Wales on Monday, social distancing measures have to remain in place.
The social distancing rules have been written into law in Wales which means even employees will have to keep two metres apart.