Prime Minister Boris Johnson dismissed calls to stop holidaymakers from coronavirus hotspots in England coming to Wales.
The Prime Minister was asked during Prime Minister’s Questions about whether there should be a ban on people from travelling to Wales from England.
At the moment, people in low-incidence areas like Pembrokeshire coming back from countries where the infection rate is over 20 cases for every 100,000 people have to self isolate for a fortnight. But people from areas like Bolton or Burnley, where the infection rate is over 200 cases for every 100,000 people, are able to travel to Pembrokeshire on holiday with no quarantine.
Unlike in Wales, where people in areas in local lockdown are banned from leaving the county without a reasonable excuse, in England there are no such restrictions.
Welsh local lockdown rules tell people not to travel outside that area unless they have a reasonable excuse – and going on holiday is not deemed a reasonable excuse.
Mark Drakeford has called for the rules to be changed in England and Plaid Cymru’s Liz Saville Roberts raised the issued in the Commons saying that 2.3 million won’t be able to travel out of county because of local lockdown restrictions, but pointed out that people in lockdown areas in England can still visit rural Wales.
She said: “Leisure travel from lockdown areas has got to stop.”
Replying, the Prime Minister said: “There are different measures in different places, but overall the UK is proceeding with the same approach.
“And I am very grateful for Mark Drakeford and the Welsh Government for the way we are working together to defeat the virus.
“Yes there will be some differences, and yes there will be some seeming illogicalities, but that is inevitable in tackling a pandemic, but I am grateful for the co-operation that is being given.”
On Tuesday, First Minister Mark Drakeford called on the Prime Minister to ban people from travelling to Wales from coronavirus hotspots in England.
He said he had “written to the Prime Minister urging him” to put travel restrictions English on lockdown areas.”
Mr Drakeford said he would not want to bring in border controls but instead called on Mr Johnson to act.
He said: “I don’t think it is right for us to institute a set of border controls trying to prevent people from elsewhere visiting Wales.
“I think that would lead us into all sorts of anomalous and difficult territory, but I do think that as we act to prevent people who live in hotspots in Wales from travelling to England and taking the risk of the virus with them. So the Prime Minister in his capacity as the Prime Minister of England in this case ought to do the same to prevent people from English hotspots from travelling elsewhere in England to Wales or other parts of the United Kingdom because of the risk that that undoubtedly poses.
“I wrote to him yesterday asking him to do that, urging him to call a COBRA meeting for this week, as the First Minister of Scotland did at the weekend, and I look forward to a reply.”