Chris Elmore, MP for Ogmore, has called on the UK Government to prevent those people living in areas in England under local lockdown from travelling to Wales on holiday. Speaking during Cabinet Office Questions in the House of Commons, Elmore asked Paymaster General Penny Mordaunt to take up the issue with the Prime Minister.
In Wales, where local lockdowns are in place, residents are not permitted to leave the area except for specific exceptions such as attending work or school or accessing vital services However, the same rules do not apply in local lockdown areas in England, leading to concern that people from high-risk areas in England could travel into Wales on holiday and further the spread of the virus.
Chris Elmore MP said:
“In Wales, the rules are clear. If you live in an area that is locked down, you cannot leave that area without a reasonable excuse.
“But the lack of clarity in England means there is nothing to prevent residents in locked-down areas of England travelling into those parts of Wales where rates of infection are currently low, and spreading the virus further.
“Time and time again, we’ve heard the Prime Minister say how important it is that the four nations of the UK work together to tackle this virus. He must take action to close this loophole”.