When will Wales welcome visitors?
Wales often took a tougher stance than England towards Covid restrictions in 2020. This included a temporary ban on travel from Wales to England. In December, this changed allowing travel from Wales to Tier 1 and Tier 2 areas of England.
A new approach to travel between Wales and other areas of the UK could be introduced when non-essential trips are permitted.
While Mr Drakeford said on February 19 that he would not seek to impose a ban on visitors from elsewhere in the UK, he did suggest restrictions could remain in place.
“The border is not the issue, the issue is trying to make sure coronavirus doesn’t get seeded again into low incidence areas,” he said.
“If we have wide disparities we will act again to make sure low incidence areas do not face influxes of people travelling to Wales bringing the virus with them.”
Should I book a holiday in Wales?
To do so would come with the risk that your holiday could not go ahead and that you might lose some, or all of, the money you had paid towards it.
The Welsh Government has yet to confirm any clear dates for the reopening of tourism and, as last year proved, restrictions can change quickly. Those in Wales who plan to take a chance on booking a self-catering break with their household should pay careful attention to the refund policy of their accommodation provider.
Residents of England, Scotland and Northern Ireland are subject to restrictions on travel in their own country. The roadmap published by the UK Government puts March 29 as the date at which stay-at-home rules will be lifted. However, during this stage, people will still be encouraged to minimise travel.
April 12 is the earliest date at which people in England will be permitted to take domestic breaks with their own household. This is when self-catering accommodation in England may be able to reopen.
Restrictions on travel into and around Wales can also have an impact. Mr Drakeford suggested that Wales will seek to avoid the resurgence of infection rates in low incidence areas through travel from high incidence areas of the UK. This could impact those in England, Scotland or Northern Ireland who book a holiday in the country.
It is not yet clear how “high incidence” areas will be determined for travel from England. Last year, the UK Government’s Tier system was used as a reference. Under the UK Government’s roadmap, England’s reopening is designed to happen uniformly across the country with no return to the Tier system.
Also of note is that while the First Minister has made positive comments towards the reopening of self-contained holiday lets, he has not yet addressed the plan for other overnight accommodation, such as hotels and Bed and Breakfasts.
Welsh Conservative Party Leader Andrew RT Davies is among those calling for the publication of a roadmap out of lockdown for Wales, following Mr Johnson’s announcement on February 22.
— to www.telegraph.co.uk