Brits 'could take self-catered staycations by Easter' if R rate stays low enough


People who live in the same household could be allowed to go on holidays together by Easter, a report claims.

Ministers are said to be looking at plans to allow staycations in the UK as soon as April.

Boris Johnson is under pressure from Tory backbenchers to lift lockdown restrictions once all priority groups have been vaccinated.

However he told a Downing Street coronavirus briefing today that the virus remained a constant threat, as the government plans a cautious easing of restrictions.

But ministers are said to be considering allowing households to take holidays together within weeks, according to the Times.

The move could prove a welcome boost to morale families and flatmates who have been banned from trips away for months.

The Prime Minister is planning a phased reopening of the economy, starting with schools on March 8.

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surfer walks infront of beach huts at the Summerleave beach in Bude, Cornwall.
Beach holidays in Cornwall with the family could be on the cards within months

Pubs, restaurants and cafes are expected to be the last to reopen, as Mr Johnson vowed England’s third lockdown would also be its last.

He pledged to announce the earliest possible dates for reopening different sectors of the economy in a briefing next week.

The PM last week warned people it was too early to book staycations, urging holidaymaker hopefuls to wait until he had published his road-map for easing lockdown – including key dates.

The Times has quoted a source claiming that ministers are currently considering allowing staycations, as they draft plans.

They said: “There’s an active discussion about how soon we can do it and we’ll be guided by the data,” a government source said. “There’s talk of April at the earliest, but a lot of things have to go right. It’s unlikely but it is being talked about as a possibility.”

The PM has made it clear in recent days’ public statements that he is eager to balance demandi for ending restrictions with more cautious scientific guidance.



People on the beach in Bournemouth last summer
Beach trips could soon be back on the cards

Covid-19 deaths and infections have been steadily dropping in the new year, as restrictions and the vaccine rollout appear to take effect.

More than 15 million people have now been vaccinated, according to the latest official figures.

And today, the UK recorded its lowest daily death rate since Boxing Day, as infection numbers halved week-on-week.

On Friday, officials confirmed the UK’s ‘R’ rate, which measures the virus’ transmission, had dropped below one for the first time since last summer.

Currently, it remains illegal to travel abroad for holidays unless for essential purposes.



Children enjoy the trampolines at the beach at Broadstairs in Kent last summer
Holidymakers enjoying Broadstairs in Kent last summer

Influencers who posted envy-inducing snaps of their travel to Dubai during Christmas time and declared their trips for ‘work’ sparked a furious public debate as millions stayed home over the winter.

A crackdown on travel followed soon after, as new and more virulent variants of the virus threatened to unravel efforts to curb its spread in the UK.

The government introduced a ‘red list’ of countries under travel bans.

People travelling into the UK from countries on the list must now pay £1,750 to quarantine for ten days at government-sanctioned hotels upon their return.

The list includes Brazil, Peru and the United Arab Emirates, while Scotland requires hotel quarantine return from all countries.





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