CTA welcomes coronavirus ‘roadmap’

The Coach Tourism Association has broadly welcomed the ‘roadmap’ from which it is hoped the UK will emerge from lockdown.

Commenting on the government’s announcement on its Roadmap, CTA chair Robert Shaw said: “The prime minister’s announcement yesterday on a Roadmap out of Covid-19 lockdown for England is very welcome. While there are still a number of detailed questions, the setting of a target date in May for recommencing holidays will be a boost for the coach holiday industry. It may be a bit later than many had been hoping for, but it does now give us a date to work towards.

“We are engaging with tourism industry colleagues and government to get clarification on some of the detailed arrangements, including whether day trips can recommence from 12 April, even if it is only with attractions and catering outdoors. There is also uncertainty about how long we may need to retain social distancing which clearly has an impact on the passenger capacity on coaches.

“Although there are still details to flesh out, what is certain is that our passengers are desperate to travel again and we all look forward to seeing coach groups enjoying the best of the UK this summer and beyond. We are on the road back.”

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