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The government has urged the British to be “patient” with the prospect of summer vacation this year because of the uncertainty over the coronavirus.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock, who has already booked a break in Cornwall, said the introduction of coronavirus vaccines was “absolutely necessary” for the summer vacation.
He told BBC Breakfast, “I know people yearn for certainty about whether they can have summer vacation, but pandemics are difficult times and there is a lot of uncertainty so I fear people will have to be patient before we can Get this certainty.
“We’re doing everything we can to make sure people can vacation this summer, but the introduction of the vaccine is absolutely essential for that.
“We’ll go into more detail if we can, but unfortunately there is still this uncertainty at the moment.”
His comments come a day after Boris Johnson warned it was “too early to be sure what we can do this summer,” and Transportation Secretary Grant Shapps claimed “people shouldn’t be booking vacations now”.
Holidays are banned in the UK as part of the COVID-19 lockdown, but the travel industry is desperate to relax the rules in time for the all-important summer season.
Noel Josephides, chairman of tour operator Sunvil, said he believed that once people were vaccinated, they would no longer worry about traveling abroad.
He told LBC, “To be very clear, vaccination is not just about preventing death, it’s about being able to live.”
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Josephides said the prime minister and various ministers were “never quite specific” during the pandemic, adding, “This is a huge, huge industry, a million jobs are at stake and we don’t believe that people who are once vaccinated were, there are I will be worried about going abroad.
“And on this basis we will continue. And if the government does wait for everyone to be vaccinated, there will be no travel industry by then. “
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Heathrow announced Thursday that January passenger traffic was down 89% from the same month last year.
Only 677,000 passengers traveled through West London Airport last month.
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