Charlie Stayt exposes flaw in Mark Drakeford’s international travel rules ‘Why say it?

Changes to the Covid-19 lockdown rules are changing across the UK on Monday, including in Wales. Drakeford explained that, like England, indoor hospitality will be reopening. Talking on BBC Breakfast to host Charlie, the First Minister said rules on hugging and international travel were being issued as advice, which Stayt questioned why rules weren’t more clear-cut.

Taking about the traffic system for travelling abroad, Drakeford said: “We will adopt the same traffic light system [as other parts of the UK] and the same countries will be on the green list as far as Wales is concerned.

“But we are going to institute some additional measures for people returning from some of those green countries, the ones where the figures are still at the margin of whether or not travel should be allowed.”

He added: “So when people return from those, they will get some extra assistance from our public health authorities, some additional access to testing to make sure that if people do decide to travel to those destinations, we can all be confident they are safe when they return.”

“Which countries are those?” Stayt interrupted. Drakeford explained Portugal was on the list as well as Israel and Singapore.

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He went on: “We think it’s sensible to offer greater help to people returning so that they and we can be confident that we are not reimporting coronavirus to Wales from other parts of the world.”

Stayt replied: “As I understand it, and I think I may have interrupted you a second ago, you were about to say this – you are advising people in Wales not to travel internationally for leisure purposes for another three weeks.

“Can you clarify for me what advising means? If you don’t think it’s a good idea and you think it’s counterproductive in terms of the battle against coronavirus, why don’t you just preclude it, and say they can’t travel for another three weeks?”

Drakeford responded: “Well, my clear advice to people in Wales has been ‘this is the year to take your holiday in Wales’ and that foreign travel is better avoided.”

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