Mark Drakeford urges Wales not to travel abroad in May
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Mark Drakeford, Leader of Welsh Labour and Member of the Senedd for Cardiff West appeared at the podium today. He advised Britons to holiday at home and “enjoy everything Wales has to offer.”
“Now, I believe, as I’ve said many times,” the leader said, “that if ever there was a year to holiday at home and to enjoy everything that the wonders Wales has to offer then this surely is the year to do that.”
Mr Drakeford discussed how the Welsh travel system will work going forwards.
He said: “On Monday next as well, all international travel will resume in England and Scotland will restart for people in Wales.
“We will use the same traffic light system for international travel as other parts of the UK.
“This lets people know what the quarantine and testing arrangements are like when they get home.
“Now, it is really important that we continue to do everything we can to prevent coronavirus re-entering Wales as a result of international travel, because of that everyone returning from a green list country will have to book and pay for a test on their return.
“And all travellers and household members will be reminded about the availability and use of additional lateral flow tests so they can follow up that first test at home and make sure that they are keeping themselves and others safe.
Here in Wales, we will not adopt the English test to release scheme for travellers returning from amber list countries and that is because the evidence we have is that around a third of people develop coronavirus linked out travel do so five days after arriving back in Wales.”
Wales will move to Covid alert level two from Monday. This means people can meet at restaurants and pubs in groups of six, and indoor attractions can open.
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Mr Drakeford told Sky News ministers hasd discussed “moving ahead with the reopening of smaller events”.
This could include “liberalising the rules in the way in which people can meet together, not just in their extended household but beyond that.”
Responses to Mark’s words today were mixed. Some praised his words, while others were critical.
Many praised the Welsh Labour leader for his response to the virus, directly comparing it to Boris Johnson’s.
One said: “Mark Drakeford encouraging people in Wales not to travel abroad is absolutely right. Why anyone would want to travel abroad in a pandemic is crazy to me, especially if your only plan is to sit on a beach.”
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