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What happens when staycations fall apart

October 16, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

CARDIFF, WALES - OCTOBER 16: A sign on the M4 motorway warns of local covid rules on October 16, 2020 in Cardiff, Wales. The Welsh First Minister Mark Drakeford said that people from parts of England, Scotland and Northern Ireland with high rates of Covid-19 infection would be banned from traveling to Wales starting Friday. (Photo by Matthew Horwood/Getty Images)

Exploring nearer to home seems like a good alternative when Covid has halted foreign trips. But in the increasingly isolated UK, chaotic rules and open hostility toward travelers has meant even staycations are now in doubt.

It's no surprise that the tourist boards across the UK have been encouraging those desperate for a break from their Covid-era daily lives to enjoy a staycation, in a bid to help boost local businesses ravaged by the coronavirus.

But as winter approaches, bringing with it tough new local restrictions and the looming prospect of a second national lockdown, it's fair to say those in areas that haven't yet been locked down are not too keen to welcome visitors.

Calder appeared on British TV last week and recommended that would-be tourists use the upcoming half-term school break to head to Mid Wales, after the region itself encouraged visitors to book.

"The Welsh government has done the right thing by their country by saying that we don't want people coming in from high-risk places," says Calder.

Calder says that travelers within the UK will need to start assessing the conditions where they live and in the place they want to travel to, so as to lessen the chances of a frosty reception.

"At the time I was speaking there were no tier restrictions in England and Visit Wales was saying 'do come to Wales', so it did not strike me as unreasonable," he says.

Ambasna and Eaves' experience reflect the approach that Val Hawkins has been trying to take in Mid Wales, balancing the concerns of the local community with the need to bring in tourists to help boost an economy that has been battered in 2020.

"Our businesses have been careful and the people that want to come to the area have been fantastic. "

Hawkins admits that she "could have done without the Simon Calder stuff," but says that as long as people show common sense and don't travel from high-risk areas, that there is the opportunity for a safe and welcoming break in Mid Wales.

"Clearly in Wales there are an awful lot of businesses and people who rely on tourists for employment and their livelihood.

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