It's unfair to criticise people under lockdown for booking holidays, says caller

11 February 2021, 18:05

By Sam Sholli

It's unfair to judge people negatively for booking holidays while under lockdown, a caller has told LBC.

Holidays are banned under the UK's Covid-19 lockdown, but the travel industry is desperate for rules to be relaxed in time for the vital summer season.

Matt in Croydon defended those who have recently booked holidays after Health Secretary Matt Hancock told LBC he "hopes" he can still go on his 2021 summer holiday to Cornwall that he booked months ago.

Meanwhile, on Wednesday Boris Johnson and Transport Secretary Grant Shapps both warned that it was still too soon to start booking holidays for this summer due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Matt, who himself has booked a holiday in Italy for June, told LBC's Eddie Mair he thinks "it's a bit unfair" to suggest people shouldn't be booking holidays while lockdown restrictions are in place.

He said: "I think it's a bit unfair because I think the bigger picture of this whole pandemic has basically shown that everyone's lives are in a different place right now."

Matt added: "I think as the whole pandemic has actually hit everyone, I think it has brought people closer together.

"And I think we don't need that negativity of people having a say on [whether] people should be booking holidays.

"I think we should be able to go and do what we want..."

More Eddie Mair

Sir David Amess' surgery was in church so 'elderly' and 'disabled' constituents could attend

Sir David Amess 'moved surgery to church so more constituents could attend'

'Brexit represents 'self-sabotage', caller argues

'Brexit represents 'self-sabotage', caller argues

Ex-EU boss launches scathing attack on Lord Frost's Brexit speech

Ex-EU boss launches brutal attack on Lord Frost's Brexit speech

Caller 'haunted' by son's Covid death fumes at report findings

Mother 'haunted' by son's Covid death fumes at report findings

'I can't take my daughter to school': Mother shares toll of fuel fiasco on her family

'I can't take my daughter to school': Mother shares toll of fuel fiasco on her family

'What are you waiting for?!' Eddie Mair grills minister over eco mob injunction

'What are you waiting for?!' Eddie Mair grills minister over eco mob injunction

Criminal proceedings in Harry Dunn case may come 'soon', family adviser predicts

Criminal proceedings in Harry Dunn case may come 'soon', family adviser predicts

Sacked Gavin Williamson 'was more Sunday League than Premier League'

Gavin Williamson 'was more Sunday League than Premier League'

Caller's plea to repeal assisted dying law leaves LBC listeners in tears

Caller's plea to repeal assisted dying law leaves LBC listeners in tears

Covid winter plan 'portrays a lack of understanding in public health'

Covid winter plan 'portrays a lack of understanding in public health'

'I don't know what we stand for anymore as a party,' Labour member tells LBC

'I don't know what we stand for anymore as a party,' Labour member tells LBC

'14 dead and it's only May', Nick Ferrari grills Met Police Commissioner on violent crime

'Eddie, where do I start?': Caller lists grievances with Gavin Williamson

PM's social care fund 'falls way short of what is needed', warns care home chief

PM's social care fund 'falls way short of what is needed', warns care home chief

London Tube seeing busiest morning in 18 months is 'very good news', says Tory peer

London Tube seeing busiest morning in 18 months is 'very good news', says Tory peer

UK's campaign in Afghanistan 'fundamentally wrong,' Blair's Defence Sec. admits

UK's campaign in Afghanistan 'fundamentally wrong,' Blair's Defence Sec. admits

'Dogs were given permission to be evacuated but not Afghan researchers'

'Dogs were given permission to be evacuated but not Afghan researchers'