Covid-19: Plan Christmas travel ‘carefully’, says Grant Shapps

Published:Tuesday, 24 Nov 2020 12:11

Covid-19: Plan Christmas travel ‘carefully’, says Grant Shapps

Christmas travellers should plan journeys carefully and prepare for restrictions on passenger numbers, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps says.

He said there will be more freedom to visit loved ones next month as all four UK nations move “very close” to agreeing rules on festive gatherings.

A meeting between the nations will be held to discuss the rules later.

It comes after Prime Minister Boris Johnson confirmed tougher tier curbs once England’s lockdown ends.

Gyms and non-essential shops in all parts of England will be allowed to reopen from 2 December under a strengthened three-tiered system.

Regions will not find out which tier they are in until Thursday – and the decision will be based on a number of factors including case numbers, the reproduction rate – or R number – and pressure on local NHS services.