Boris Johnson says some foreign travel will ‘open up’ on May 17th
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Sky Sports presenter Jeff Stelling, 66, took to Twitter to fume at Boris Johnson over his delay in lifting the travel ban, following the coronavirus pandemic. The Prime Minister has indicated there will be some “opening up” of foreign travel on May 17 – but said it was important to be cautious.
Jeff has warned the Conservative government to allow Britons their freedom and “not be our gaolers” in a furious tweet.
In view of his 153,000 followers, the host penned: “Boris enough is enough.
“Never mind all-party groups and power mad individuals, set us free to travel to countries that have low infection/death rates, save jobs, help mental health. You should not be our gaolers.”
His tweet sparked division amongst social media users, as one person quizzed: “Go for a holiday in the UK! Weather aside we’re in God’s land. It’s not difficult Jeff, if I can do it, I’m sure you can? Freedom on the UK to make us great again.”
Jeff replied: “I like many others want freedom of choice. People are welcome to holiday here but some other countries are just as safe. We have done everything we were asked by this Government and the scientific advice.
“Now they need to remember we are a democracy not a dictatorship.”
Another quizzed: “Why wouldn’t you just prefer a stay at home holiday – like a week in Hartlepool?”
“It’ll happen eventually Jeff. Seemingly they’ve learned not to go rushing into stuff after last year, where they went from relatively full restrictions to practically none in the space of two or three weeks, then eat out to help out, all had a knock-on effect for later lockdowns,” a third commented.
Others agreed with Jeff’s sentiment, as a social media user wrote: “Well said, couldn’t agree more.”
Another wrote: “Good on you Jeff. I was saying earlier that not enough of those in the public eye are speaking out. But there’s a slow change taking place where that’s concerned so thank you.”
A third remarked: “Yes Jeff!”
Jeff’s comments come after it was reported that Mr Johnson is expected to share more details this week to confirm when and how international travel will restart in England.
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Speaking on Monday, the Prime Minister said “we have got to be very, very tough” when addressing the issue.
He also said there was a “good chance” of the one-metre plus social distancing rule being scrapped on June 21.
Mr Johnson stressed any decision on changing the rules was dependent on the data.
It comes after a group of MPs called on the government to keep travel rules in place beyond mid-May.
The all-party parliamentary group on coronavirus said arrival halls in airports risked becoming a “breeding ground” for the virus.
The group of more than 60 MPs and peers said the government should discourage international travel unless it is essential.
Foreign holidays are currently banned, but a traffic light system of rules is going to be introduced with countries classed as green, amber or red.
Travellers to green countries will not need to isolate on their return, but they will need to take a Covid test.
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