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Mark Drakeford warns Welsh holiday lets not to take bookings from England

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The Welsh Labour leader said a further reopening of the country’s tourism industry, which will start with self-contained accommodation on March 27, would be halted if providers were welcoming people from over the border.

On Friday, Mr Drakeford confirmed Wales would move to a “stay local” period from Saturday for two weeks before travel rules are lifted in time for the partial return of holiday lets for Easter.

But he said a holiday in Wales would be restricted to those living in the country, as lockdown rules in England mean April 12 is the earliest people living there can go on holiday in the UK.

Mark Drakeford / PA Wire

Mr Drakeford told the PA news agency: “People who let accommodation should not be taking bookings from people who live outside Wales.

“England will still be in a position where their rules say to minimise travel, no holidays, no staying away from home overnight.

“And that means they will not be able to take advantage of accommodation in Wales.

“The Government can only proceed on the basis that the law is going to be observed and it’s for English authorities to enforce the English regulations.

“We will be talking with our local authority colleagues and with the police next week, just to see if there is anything we need to do to mobilise our own enforcement authorities.”

A general view of Pembroke Castle (David Davies/AP) / PA Archive

He added: “If the industry were to act irresponsibly, the penalty would be we wouldn’t be able to carry on reopening the industry.

“I know there are rogues in any part of life. But I think that the industry will absolutely recognise that we want to go beyond self-contained accommodation.

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