Summer holidays abroad likely to be cancelled says Matt Hancock

The Coronavirus is likely to put pay to plans of going on holiday says the health Minister.

In another blow to airlines and ferry firms, he told ITV’s This Morning it’s “likely to be the case” there won’t be a normal summer holiday season.

The government is opening up parts of the economy, and Ryanair is planning to start services in July.

But Mr Hancock said the traditional big-break holiday season is unlikely.

Social distancing will have to be maintained for some time, he said. “The conclusion from that is it is unlikely that big, lavish international holidays are going to possible for this summer.”

Mr Hancock’s comments echo those from Transport Secretary Grant Shapps last month who warned people not to book summer holidays – domestic and overseas – until social distancing rules are relaxed. “I won’t be booking a summer holiday at this point,” he told the BBC on 17 April.

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