Coach travel set back until 17 May
In a shock announcement, the government has reversed a policy which appeared to allow coach tourism, and set back the start daye for holidays to 17 May.
The government has reversed guidance for coach trips which suggested they could be run since this Monday, setting them back until 17 May.
The original Safer Transport guidance specifically allowed coaches to be run with “…separate multiple groups which conform to the requirements of the relevant social contact rules.” Now, the Cabinet Office has changed this policy, despite some trips having already taken place, and says that although people can use airlines, buses, trains and express coaches, they cannot travel together on privately-hired coaches or holidays until Stage 3 of the roadmap. The published guidance is due to be updated soon.
“We very much feel that this guidance is unfair and nonsensical, and have made this clear to the Department,” the Confederation of Passenger Transport says. “We have stressed our belief that COVID-secure coach trips are in reality as safe or in some cases safer than the alternative of passengers using public transport to reach their trip destination.”