‘Do not do that!’ Travel expert’s stern warning to Britons planning on UK weekend break

Speaking to TalkRADIO, the travel expert stressed Wales is currently still under strict coronavirus lockdown rules and warned Britons not to travel there when England will ease the rules on July 4. He said: “You were speculating a moment ago about how it is possible to get a train from Cardiff to London Paddington.

“It’s not! Do not do that!

“You’re not allowed. You’re not allowed to do anything in Wales.

“It’s basically still under lockdown, and there is no way that you or I could go there for anything like a holiday.”

He added: “The First Minister of Wales, Mark Drakeford, has basically just said everybody stay in.

“It’s still on the stay at home stage.”

From July 4, pubs, restaurants and hair salons in England will be allowed to reopen – and indoor gatherings involving two separate households will be permitted.

Other venues that are set to open their doors include hotels, B&Bs and campsites along with most leisure facilities and attractions such as theme parks.

Outdoor gyms and playgrounds will be returned to use, and cinemas, museums and galleries will also be allowed to open their doors again.

However, live performances at concert halls and theatres are still banned, partly due to the risk posed by singing in spreading the virus.

“Close proximity” businesses including nightclubs, soft play centres, indoor gyms, nail bars and beauty salons will also remain shut, as will bowling alleys and water parks.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson introduced the concept of “one metre plus” – where people can get closer than two metres if they use “mitigation measures” – such as wearing a face covering, being side to side or enhanced hygiene measures.

But he stressed that two metres is still “preferable”.

The Government’s chief scientific adviser Sir Patrick Vallance and professor Chris Whitty, chief medical officer for England, both stressed that mitigation measures must be properly adhered to.

As a result of the easing, the British Medical Association (BMA) said the Government should now “require the public to wear face coverings”.

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During the final daily Downing Street briefing on Covid-19, Mr Johnson said: “We can make a change to the guidance on two metres, which kept us safe while transmission of the virus was high, which can now be modified.

“Having considered all the evidence, while staying at two metres is preferable, we can now move to one metre plus where it is not possible for us to stay two metres apart.

“That means staying one metre apart plus mitigations which reduce the risk of transmission and these precautions could include installing screens, making sure people face away from each other, providing handwashing facilities, minimising the amount of time you spend with people outside of your household and of course being outdoors.

“On public transport, it already means one metre plus, it means wearing a face covering for mitigation as everybody I think now understands.”

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