Health Secretary Matt Hancock has emphasised people should not book their summer holidays yet, despite having last month announced that he’s already booked a family retreat to Cornwall.
Hancock said it is “too early” to know whether summer holidays can go ahead, as there’s still “a lot of uncertainty” as to whether COVID restrictions will still be in place.
He went on to claim that the Government are doing everything possible to ensure the British public can have some form of holiday this year.
In Wednesday evening’s COVID Press Conference, Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Transport Secretary Grant Shapps both urged the public to not book holidays yet. Shapps emphasised how there is a chance that even domestic holidays within the UK may not be able to go ahead.
This latter comment is especially ironic, given last month, Health Secretary Matt Hancock happily claimed that he’s already booked his family holiday to Cornwall for the summer.
When asked on BBC Breakfast this morning whether the public should book their holidays or not, Hancock again did not give a clear answer.
“Which is it, either book or don’t book your holiday?”
— BBC Breakfast (@BBCBreakfast) February 11, 2021
Naturally, Twitter has been less than pleased at this mixed messaging…
if you're confused about whether you can book your holiday this summer, no.10 have now cleared it up:
Boris Johnson: "it's too early to book your holidays"
Matt Hancock: "I've just booked my holiday to Cornwall"
— dave ❄️ 🥕 🧻 (@davemacladd) February 10, 2021
The great Tory holiday flip-flop
Jan 17 Foreign Sec: too early to book
Jan 18 Health Sec: I’m off to Cornwall
Jan 31 Vaccine Min: too early to book
Jan 31 Health Sec: a great British summer
Feb 10 PM: it's illegal to go on holiday
Feb 10 Health Sec: I’m off to Cornwall#chaos
— Caroline Lucas (@CarolineLucas) February 11, 2021
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