31 Oct

ABTA's statement on the new lockdown measures for England from 5 November

Mark Tanzer, Chief Executive of ABTA – The Travel Association said:

“Today’s announcement that holidays in the UK and abroad will not be allowed under lockdown in England will mean a complete shut down for travel businesses which have already been severely damaged by the pandemic, but public health must come first. We’re pleased to see the Government has recognised the significant impact the latest lockdown will have on businesses and has extended the furlough scheme until the start of December. The Government must also make good progress with The Global Travel Taskforce, ensuring a testing regime is ready to go as soon as lockdown is lifted.

“We will be seeking further clarification from Government on the full implications of these latest measures for the travel industry, as well as assessing the support measures available for the sector.

“Anyone due to travel imminently on a package holiday should speak to their travel company to discuss their options.”