COVID-19: Extra bank holiday for October being considered

The BBC covers news that the Government is considering introducing an extra bank holiday in October around the time of half-term.

Patricia Yates, acting head of the UK's tourism agency, Visit Britain, told MPs on Tuesday the industry had lost the benefit of two bank holidays in May because of the lockdown, and an extra day in October would enable the tourism sector to extend the season.

The Financial Times also reports that the Government is urging Britons to holiday at home this summer as uncertainty persists about international travel and the domestic tourism industry’s ability to recover from the COVID-19 shutdown. With the COVID-19-related complications to international travel, ministers are hoping British people will opt to holiday at home instead, subject to the virus reproduction rate staying low and medical advice confirming it is safe for accommodation to reopen.

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The BBC - Coronavirus: Extra bank holiday for October being considered

The Financial Times - Government to call on Britons to holiday at home


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