Wales’ First minister Mark Drakeford is urging visitors to Wales to pack lateral flow tests in their suitcases if they are travelling from ‘coronavirus hotspots’ into the country.
Drakeford said yesterday that people planning a bank holiday trip to Wales shouldn’t travel unless they test negative for Covid-19, especially if they are holidaying from areas in the UK with higher rates of infection.
There are eight areas of England where in the Indian variant is of heightened concern – Bolton, Blackburn, Kirklees, Bedford, Burnley, Leicester, Hounslow and North Tyneside – and the UK government has told residents to minimise travel out of the area.
There is no official word on restricting travel beyond these areas however.
Drakeford said: “Our tourism businesses will be looking forward to a busy week and the start of the summer season.
“I urge anyone planning a break in Wales from an area with higher rates of coronavirus, to test themselves regularly, using the free Covid-19 lateral flow tests, before they travel. Only those who have a negative test result and no symptoms of coronavirus should travel.
“Everyone coming to Wales from areas with a higher prevalence of coronavirus should bring lateral flow testing kits with them to continue regular testing while on holiday – this is an additional measure to help keep Wales safe. Lateral flow testing kits are also available locally throughout Wales.”
Hotel businesses are gearing up for a busy bank holiday weekend, especially with the warm weather forecast; businesses are hoping for a welcome boost in trade.