The Environment Secretary, George Eustice has dashed hopes for Brits wanting to go on foreign holidays as they have been told to avoid travel and stick to the UK.
He told Sky News that people must be aware of the risks by travelling to green list countries and only travel abroad if it is absolutely necessary.
Eusitce said, “Our advice all along has been don’t travel unless it’s absolutely necessary.
“Obviously, we had hoped with these three categories that we have that the situation would be improving in other parts of the world, that we’d be able to progressively add other countries to the green list.
‘Sadly, that’s not the situation.
“We do have this new variant of concern, first identified in India, that is now cropping up in other countries.
“And we’ve just got to take a very cautious approach.”
The Environment Secretary said that he will not be taking a holiday abroad this year and will head to Cornwall instead.
Eustice added, “But obviously, some people will want to travel abroad. There are still a small number of countries on that green list.
“If they want to do that they can, but obviously they will have to understand that there are risks in doing so as well.”