Forget a summer holiday abroad, warns Health Secretary Hancock

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That’s it – “summer is cancelled” with virtually “no chance” of foreign holidays, warns Health Secretary Matt Hancock.

When asked on ITV’s This Morning if sunny breaks were off the agenda Mr Hancock replied:

“I think that’s likely to be the case.

“We haven’t made a final decision on that yet but we will seek to reopen hospitality, some hospitality, from early July if we keep successfully reducing the spread of this virus.

“But social distancing of some kind is going to continue.

“The conclusion from that is it is unlikely that big, lavish international holidays are going to be possible for this summer.

“I just think that’s a reality of life.”

Mr Hancock’s straight talking will be a blow to many families who saw a summer vacation as some light at the end of the coronavirus tunnel.

However, some glimmer of hope comes as quarantine measures will not apply to movement between France and England.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson and French President Emmanuel Macron have agreed, “so far”, the seclusion will not be implemented.

Both countries, in particular France, rely heavily on tourism.

Already French holiday firms are reporting a 40% increase in Internet searches.

About the Author

Philip Braund spent 16 years at the Daily Mirror as a reporter and news editor before moving to ITV. He was the series producer of the ground-breaking investigation programme The Cook Report, Managing Editor at ITV's Millbank Studios, and Head of News at ITV Central. He has won national and regional Royal Television Society awards for documentaries.

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