Holidays in Wales to restart from this weekend – but you still can’t stay if you’re from England

WALES is allowing holidays to go ahead from Saturday if staying at self-catered properties.

It is bad news for the rest of the UK though, as people from England and Scotland remain off the list.

Holidays in Wales can go ahead from this weekend, but only for Welsh locals

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Holidays in Wales can go ahead from this weekend, but only for Welsh localsCredit: Alamy

The current rules in Wales, while they allow one household to go away from this weekend, still do not allow travel in and out of Wales, in place until April 12.

This means you cannot travel across the border from England to go on holiday in Wales.

Holidays in England can’t go ahead until April 12, which will also only allow self-catered accommodation and for one household.

Self-catered properties include caravans and holiday homes, where there are no shared facilities, so this doesn’t include campsites or hotels which have public areas.

First Minister Drakeford said: “These further relaxations are part of our careful and phased approach to unlocking the restrictions and enabling people and businesses to resume their activities in the safest possible way.

“We’re only able to do this because of the sacrifices everyone across Wales has made over the last few months – everything you are doing to keep your loved ones safe is also keeping Wales safe.”

Only self-catered accommodation will reopen first

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Only self-catered accommodation will reopen firstCredit: Alamy

“The public health position remains stable; our incredible vaccination programme goes from strength to strength – we have headroom to make these changes.”

From May 17, hotels and group holidays will be able to go ahead in England, with hopes for UK restrictions to be fully eased by June 21.

There is still a lot of uncertainty surrounding foreign holidays, which have yet to be given an official start date.

The government’s Global Travel Taskforce will announce next month when trips abroad may be able to go ahead with hopes that it would be as early as May.

However, experts have said this is unlikely due to the Covid situation abroad, with a third wave sweeping across Europe and a slow vaccine uptake.

Some have warned that summer holidays may be off entirely, with trips only likely from autumn.

Professor Neil Ferguson said that is the earliest we can expect life to be back to somewhere resembling ‘normal’.

Speaking to BBC Breakfast he said: “Depending what happens in other areas of the world, travel may be one of the later things to be relaxed.

“But I think we… whilst not everything will be back to normal by the summer, certainly by the autumn, it will feel a lot more normal.”

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