Health secretary Matt Hancock has played down the prospect of a resumption of international travel in time for the ummer holiday season.
Hancock told ITV’s This Morning on Tuesday (12 May) it was unlikely that "big, lavish, international holidays" would be possible this summer.
"Do we now all have to come to the conclusion that summer is essentially cancelled, holidays cancelled, and that it will be unlike any summer we’ve had since probably the Second World War?" presenter Phillip Schofield asked Hancock, to which he replied: "I think that’s likely to to be the case."
Hancock continued: "We haven’t made a final decision on that yet, but it is clear that we will seek to reopen some hospitality from early July if we keep successfully reducing the spread of this virus.
"But I think social distancing of some kind is going to continue, and I think the conclusion from that is it is unlikely big, lavish, international holidays are going to be possible this summer, I just think that’s a reality of life."