Labour’s Vaughan Gething has declared that the Welsh government needs an answer on its proposed Covid travel ban this week and warned that “otherwise we’ll have to introduce our own measures”.
In an interview with the BBC’s Politics Live this afternoon, the Welsh health minister discussed the request for restrictions on people travelling from Covid hotspots in England to other parts of the UK including Wales.
His comments follow those of Mark Drakeford on Monday evening, which saw the First Minister offer Boris Johnson “one final opportunity” to stop travel from high-prevalence areas before he uses the powers available to him.
The UK Prime Minister’s spokesperson has said that “people from high risk areas shouldn’t be leaving those areas” but the government has not put these restrictions in law and instead relied on people following guidance only.
Gething told viewers today that the proposed ban is about “minimising the risk to lower prevalence areas” and stressed it would work to keep safe not just Welsh residents but people across “every part of the UK”.