Matt Hancock has stated ministers are doing “everything that we possibly can” to let folks go on holiday however warned of “uncertainty” amid combined messages over summer breaks.
The Health Secretary confirmed that he had booked his personal summer break in Cornwall – regardless of warnings from Boris Johnson and Transport Secretary Grant Shapps that Brits ought to not plan holidays.
In a sequence of broadcast interviews, Mr Hancock stated folks wanted to be “patient” over summer getaways and linked hopes of breaks with the success of vaccine rollout.
His feedback got here after 24 hours of combined messages from the Government, with Mr Shapps insisting folks ought to not e-book overseas journeys or staycations.
The Prime Minister’s spokesman later stated it was a matter for “individuals” earlier than Mr Johnson himself stated it was “too early”.
Mr Hancock then confirmed to a meeting of MPs on Wednesday that he had booked a household journey to Cornwall, in accordance to HuffPost.
Last month, he stated he was planning to make a visit to well-liked holiday vacation spot and he was optimistic concerning the “great British summer”
Asked if he was nonetheless promising a “great British summer”, he instructed BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “Well I very much hope so.
“But there may be after all uncertainty. As the PM set out yesterday, we do have to be affected person.”
He added: “What I can let you know is we’re all working extremely arduous to strive to be sure that not solely folks can have a holiday this summer, but additionally, even earlier than then, folks can see family members and we get life extra again to regular.
“It is too early to say when and the PM will set out more details in the week beginning February 22.”
In one other interview, he pointed to the success of the vaccine rollout as a key issue.
Mr Hancock instructed BBC Breakfast: “We are doing everything that we possibly can to make sure that people can have a holiday this summer but the vaccine rollout is absolutely essential to that.
“We will set out extra in additional element once we can, however in the intervening time sadly there may be that uncertainty nonetheless.”
“But as a result of issues just like the vaccine rollout are going properly, that’s the progress that folks need to see, however however there may be nonetheless the uncertainty over the place we might be by the summer, after all there may be, and folks perceive that.”
Holidays are banned the latest lockdown but the battered travel industry is desperate for details on when the rules may be relaxed ahead of the summer.
Devi Sridhar, professor of global public health at the University of Edinburgh, said there needs to be a debate about what restrictions should be eased first during the pandemic.
She described how vaccines could be used to enable schools to reopen and people to visit crowded bars and restaurants, but “the fee is restricted motion internationally”.