The British government plans to allow tourist trips around the country in the summer. Still, foreign travel is unlikely to be possible, said the Minister of Health of the United Kingdom, Matt Hancock.
Since January 4, the state has introduced a national lockdown, the third in a row and as strict as the first. Prime Minister Boris Johnson on February 22 unveiled a plan to gradually ease restrictions, according to which all schools will open from March 8, from April 12 — non-food stores and restaurant terraces, beauty salons, hairdressers, museums, libraries, and zoos. At the same time, the government will decide on domestic tourism.
“I hope that as soon as we get the opportunity to lift the restrictions, we will be able to travel around the British Isles. Vaccination will help us in this,” the head of the Ministry of Health said.
Earlier, both Hancock and Johnson said that it is currently too early for Britons to book foreign trips.
The government plans to decide on the timing of the resumption of outbound tourism no earlier than May 17 if the epidemiological situation allows it.