UK holidays in jeopardy as parts of Wales are put in lockdown – what this means for you

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Cardiff will become the first capital city in the UK to be placed under a local lockdown from 6pm on Sunday. Wales’ health minister Vaughan Gething said restrictions will also come into force for Swansea. The town of Llanelli will also be placed under lockdown a day earlier at 6pm on Saturday.

This means that a staggering 1.5 million people in Wales, just under half the population, will be under local lockdowns from the start of next week.

There are also restrictions in place for Blaenau Gwent, Bridgend, Caerphilly, Merthyr Tydfil, Newport, and Rhondda Cynon Taf.

Leeds will also face new lockdown restrictions from midnight which include a ban on households mixing in private homes.

Restrictions are also already in force across parts of north-west England, West Yorkshire, the North East and the Midlands, as well as parts of west Scotland.

The latest lockdown restrictions amount to an estimated 17.5 million people living under additional coronavirus measures by Sunday evening.

Meanwhile, London has been added to the “watchlist” as coronavirus cases across the capital continue to grow.

The capital is an “area of concern” according to a cross-party organisation which represents all 32 boroughs and the City of London.

While the new lockdown restrictions mainly concern hospitality, what does this mean for holidays?


Mr Getting said today that people are not allowed to travel into areas of Wales subjected to a local lockdown for holidays.

He said: “We’ve been really clear that travel for holiday to stay within a local area isn’t a reasonable excuse.”

He said he had written to holiday providers and insurance companies asking them to provide refunds and support for those no longer able to travel.

According to Wales’ government website, people can go on holiday in Wales but there are some things people should be aware of.

A Welsh Government Spokesperson told the Manchester Evening News: “There are some parts of Wales which are under local restrictions.

“Travel in and out of these areas is limited to essential travel only – unfortunately, this would not include travelling for a holiday.

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“Tourism is massively important to Wales and there are no legal restrictions on people travelling to parts of Wales which are not under these local restrictions.

“We are not telling people they shouldn’t come to these parts of Wales but we are asking people to think very carefully about making journeys.

“People should not travel if they are unwell with symptoms of Coronavirus and to check ( ) for latest information about the area they are planning to travel to.”

People living in Wales can go on holiday with the people they live with (members of household) and their extended household.

Currently, the group travelling together must only be limited to six people which does not include children under the age of 11.

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The new rules put in place across Leeds are expected to be smilier to the rules already in place across Bradford, Kirklees, Calderdale and Greater Manchester.

It is expected that different households will not be able to mix inside private homes or in private gardens.

The measure will be out in place from midnight and will impact around 780,000 people.

People in Leeds will not be advised to socialise with people they do not live with in public venues in Leeds or elsewhere which includes pubs, restaurants, cafes, shops, places of worship, community centres, leisure or entertainment venues, visitor attractions and parks.

Those planning holidays to Leeds may not be able to mix with other people.

If you have a holiday booked in Leeds, it’s best to contact the holiday company, hotel or accommodation owner to discuss your options.


Currently, there are no additional measures being put in place across the capital but the testing capacity will be boosted to closely monitor the growth of the virus.

In a statement, London Councils urged residents to follow the new government restrictions introduced on Thursday.

They also said the rising cases were a “stark reminder that now is time for all Londoners to pull together and take action to keep themselves, their families and their communities safe, and to ensure that London’s economy is protected”.

They added: “London boroughs are working with their communities, business and the police to engage, educate, explain and, if necessary, enforce the new restrictions and regulations, and the Government must ensure that it funds these so resources do not need to be drawn from other services.

“We ask all Londoners to work together and abide by the national restrictions announced on Tuesday.”

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