Nicola dampens holiday thoughts

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In announcing that school children would be allowed back into schools starting -for some – as early as next week, the Scottish first minister, Nicola Sturgeon, had some thoughts on holiday breaks.

Brodrick Castle
Brodrick Castle © The National Trust for Scotland. It looks like day trips and longer breaks to heritage sites are not on the cards for those living in Scotland this coming Easter holiday time.

Forget them could summarise her thinking.

She told people not to book Easter holidays saying that it was highly unlikely to use her words that hotels or self-catering places would be allowed to open.

Given that Scottish accommodation won’t be open it goes without saying that the chances of an overseas trip around Easter is also likely to be off the cards.

I don’t think her comments would surprise many of us. Mentally, I think most of us had written Easter off as a holiday opportunity. The most that many were expecting were the possibility of days out in the open spaces and possibly garden visits.

Slightly more of a dampener occurred when she went on to say that she didn’t think overseas summer holidays would be possible either. Ok that could be interpreted as saying that staycations would be possible but staycations where? Will go back to having borders between the home nations?

Next week her government will announce a framework for exiting lockdown.

On Friday, the first minister of Wales – Mark Drakeford – will be making his regular three-week assessment of the lockdown. Leaks coming from the Welsh government suggest that the government there is looking to cautiously open up Wales. Day trips and staying in self-contained accommodation seem a stronger possibility in Wales than it will be in Scotland.

In Northern Ireland the lockdown has been extended until March 5th.  The considered opinion is though that restrictions will remain until after Easter suggesting no Easter holiday breaks.

Vaccination has begun in Ireland but it is behind the numbers in the UK so there seems even less of a chance that holiday breaks over Easter will see the light of day.

As for England, a roadmap out of lockdown is widely expected on the 22nd of February. Whether this includes staycations in England over the Easter holidays we will have to wait and see.  

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