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PM hopes for staycation as he is asked if Covid actions ‘cancelled summer’

Boris Johnson said some of his best holidays had been ‘bucket and spade jobs’.

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Buckets, spades and toys on the beach during sunny weather at Barry Island in South Wales (Ben Birchall/PA)

Buckets, spades and toys on the beach during sunny weather at Barry Island in South Wales (Ben Birchall/PA)

Buckets, spades and toys on the beach during sunny weather at Barry Island in South Wales (Ben Birchall/PA)

Staycations are still on the agenda this summer – as the Prime Minister said he might even squeeze one in himself.

Boris Johnson was asked whether he had “cancelled summer” this year after announcing that a further easing of lockdown across England due on Saturday had been postponed.

Mr Johnson told a Downing Street press conference on the Covid-19 situation that he “may allow” a brief UK staycation to “creep” into his schedule in the coming weeks.

Asked about his own summer plans, the Prime Minister said: “I will be working flat out as you can imagine, though I may allow a brief staycation to creep into the agenda, if that’s possible.”

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Boris Johnson looks through a telescope on the North Pier at Blackpool (Archive/PA)

Boris Johnson looks through a telescope on the North Pier at Blackpool (Archive/PA)

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Boris Johnson looks through a telescope on the North Pier at Blackpool (Archive/PA)

Pressed on whether he had “cancelled summer”, Mr Johnson said: “I don’t think so.

“And I would encourage people still to think of wonderful staycations here in the UK.

“There are all sorts of fantastic destinations, the best in the world, I would say.

“All my happiest holiday memories are of holiday vacations here in the UK, bucket-and-spade jobs or whatever, and I thoroughly, thoroughly recommend it, and I’m sure that people will have a great time over the summer.”

Health Secretary Matt Hancock has said he will visit Cornwall this summer for a short break.

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps had to cut short a holiday in Spain earlier this month after new quarantine restrictions were imposed on travellers returning from the country by the Government.

During the press conference, Mr Johnson said the country needed to “squeeze that brake pedal” on lockdown easing amid a rise in the prevalence of coronavirus in the community.

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Boris Johnson eating an ice cream in Cornwall (Stefan Rousseau/PA)

Boris Johnson eating an ice cream in Cornwall (Stefan Rousseau/PA)

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Boris Johnson eating an ice cream in Cornwall (Stefan Rousseau/PA)

Measures due to be lifted on Saturday, including allowing small wedding receptions and reopening bowling alleys and casinos, have been postponed for at least two weeks.

Face coverings will also become mandatory in indoor settings such as museums and places of worship from August 8.

The announcement came after local lockdown measures were announced in parts of the north west of England and parts of West Yorkshire, banning people from different households meeting indoors or in gardens following a spike in virus cases.

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